Each business (any legal entity carrying on a trade) pays staff on a regular basis. This can be weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly. As an employer (an entity that pays staff), you have to be registered for payroll tax. This is paid over by the company to SARS on behalf of the employee.
This is registration with SARS for all payroll deductions, being PAYE (Pay as you earn), SDL (skills development levy), and UIF (Unemployment Insurance Fund). This is paid over through SARS e-filing. SARS then hand over the SDL and UIF to the relevant government departments.
SARS will issue you a UIF number but the labour department also issues a number. This is unknown to most employers because they did not register directly with the UIF itself. Your company will need this number at some stage.
3 steps to getting it
The UIF online system is called U-filing. It works like e-filing but ONLY for UIF. The website makes it very simple to get your UIF number. Here are the steps.
- Log onto the UIF website:
2. Enter your 10 digit PAYE number from SARS. Click button saying “Get UIF number”
3. Take note of your reference number. It will 1234567/1 (only example) It is 7 digits / and 1 digit
There it is – simple hey?
As UIF is part of the Payroll function, we help clients submit it via SARS in the EMP201 return. For more information on our COMPLETE PAYROLL SERVICES, please see our Payroll services page