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South Carolina Unemployment Benefits Information

We are an online resource to help answer your questions, check eligibility and assist in applying for Unemployment. You will also be advised if you qualify for additional benefit programs and receive our benefit guide.

Understanding Your Weekly Benefit Amount in South Carolina 


Unemployment beneficiaries will need to claim unemployment benefits in South Carolina on a weekly basis. The amount a beneficiary receives will remain the same unless he or she chooses to seek part-time employment. Your weekly benefit amount is calculated using the wages you earned during the most recent work year (base period). Businesses employing more than one person are required to pay into the state unemployment insurance fund, but certain types of farm labor and domestic services do not count as “covered” employment. If you are unsure about whether your employer paid unemployment insurance, you may need to contact your previous place of employment before attempting to claim unemployment benefits. 


Paying Taxes on Your federal unemployment benefits in SC  


Beneficiaries who are claiming benefits for unemployment in South Carolina will need to pay taxes on those benefits. Unemployed individuals can pay taxes in two ways, and the taxes must be paid in full by the usual tax season. The government does not automatically withhold funds from your unemployment benefits, so you can estimate the amount of taxes you owe, and pay them four times during the year. Paying estimated taxes can be difficult, and if you underestimate the amount you owe, you will be forced to pay the following year. 

If you filed an unemployment benefits claim and you don’t want to worry about paying quarterly estimated taxes, you can request to have a certain portion of your benefits withheld for tax payment each week. The amount you have withheld should be based on your benefit amount. This method is relatively easy, and it can ensure that you do not owe taxes on your SC federal unemployment benefits.  You can report your benefit payout on tax form 1099.