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Important Alert: The Division of Employment Security has begun mailing letters to claimants who received their FIRST unemployment benefit payment on or after March 1, 2014. These letters will inform claimants of a mandatory in-person interview, known as an Employability Assessment Interview (EAI). For more information on these interviews, click here.

Important Information Concerning 1099s
DES has completed the mailing of all 1099s. 1099s are also available online here. You need this 1099 because your unemployment benefits are taxable and you should include the unemployment insurance payments you received on your federal and state tax filing form.

Are you properly searching for work to remain eligible for unemployment benefits? Click here for more information.

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For more information on Voluntary Tax Contribution by Employers, please visit Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
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Apply for a North Carolina Unemployment Tax Number

The use of this application implies that the user has read and understands the instructions related to its use.

Upon completion of this application, your status under section 96-1(b) or 96-9.1 of the Employment Security Law of North Carolina may be determined online. You may also receive your account number and liability information online. Your liability status will also be forwarded to you by mail along with your PIN to be used to access your account. PIN's will not be assigned online.

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