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New unemployment tax system goes live Dec. 6

Written on Dec 3, 2021

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services last week announced its new unemployment insurance tax system for employers is slated to go live Dec. 6. The system will replace the current Employer Resource Information Center, which is more than a decade old. 

Related: The Ohio Society of CPAs is engaged in discussions with ODJFS on how to streamline the process for those who have been victimized by fraud and will be receiving errant 1099s in early 2022; look for more information to that end in the coming weeks. Taxpayers who receive an incorrect Form 1099-G for unemployment benefits they did not receive should contact ODJFS to request a revised Form 1099-G showing they did not receive these benefits. 

The new State of Ohio Unemployment Resource for Claimants and Employers (SOURCE) is also expected to replace the 17-year-old Ohio Job Insurance benefits system and the legacy unemployment appeals system in late 2022, the ODJFS said in a news release. This is the most-anticipated upgrade to the state’s unemployment computer system – the part that the public uses to file for unemployment benefits. 

SOURCE will offer employers “multiple self-service reporting and payment options, online tutorials, an improved way to request information and upload documents and easier navigation than the current legacy system,” the release said. ODJFS is offering virtual trainings and has brief step-by-step videos at https://jfs.ohio.gov/ouio/TheSOURCE/

ODJFT also recommends employers and their agents get ready by ensuring that: 

· ODJFS has their Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN). 

· They have working log-in credentials at eric.ohio.gov. 

· Their demographic information and email address are up to date at eric.ohio.gov. 

· Their employer/agent authorizations are up to date at eric.ohio.gov. 

“Replacing Ohio’s antiquated unemployment system will allow us to better serve both employers and unemployed Ohioans,” ODJFS Director Matt Damschroder stated. “This transition was underway when the pandemic struck, temporarily delaying its implementation. I’m pleased we’re moving toward fully implementing this modernized application. The SOURCE will streamline processes, increase efficiencies, improve the customer experience and give us the flexibility we need to more quickly respond to changes in demand.” 

Hannah News Service contributed to this report.