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Register for UIF

Do you need a UIF Number? If so, you need to Register for UIF at SARS and the Department of Labour. Our Experienced UIF Specialist will register your Company for UIF at one or both of these government organisations within 1 week. We follow an easy online process – so you can be located anywhere in South Africa to start. Sign Up below or call us Toll Free on 0800 007 269.

UIF stands for “Unemployment Insurance Fund”. This fund guarantees your Employees an income for a few months in case they lose their job. To register for UIF we start by registering your Company UIF at SARS – which will also give you PAYE / SDL Numbers as part of the process. If your Company employs staff, it is compulsory to register for UIF at the Department of Labour as well after the SARS Registration process has been completed. To start the process, apply on this page below or call our toll free number for free consultation.

Requirements to Register for UIF

  1. A Company / Other Entity. You need a Registered Pty Company.
  2. A Tax Number (we can assist).

Timeframe: 1 Week.

Price:

  • R890: UIF Registration at the Department of Labour.
  • R1890: UIF Registration at SARS.
  • R2690: UIF Registration at SARS and the Department of Labour.

Our in-house Tax Practitioner, Jack Liebenberg, has over 30 years experience and is affiliated with:

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The Process to Register for UIF Online:

1. Apply. Please complete and submit the easy online application form. A friendly Consultant will then contact you shortly.
2. We communicate with SARS and/or Department of Labour on your behalf. Our Professional Tax and UIF Practitioners ensure that your UIF/PAYE/SDL Registration is processed correctly and in good time.
3. Start using your UIF / PAYE / SDL Numbers. Our SARS / UIF Department will ensure your UIF/PAYE/SDL Registration is successful in the quickest possible timeframe. We will also email you the Payroll Tax Notice of Registration – this document contains your UIF / PAYE and SDL numbers.

Advantages to be Registered for UIF / PAYE / SDL:

1. Compliance. Employers are required to be registered under law. Massive penalties could occur if this law is ignored.
2. Employee Satisfaction. You can gain trust from Employees if your Business is registered for UIF / PAYE / SDL.
3. SDL Funding. As a Registered SDL payer, you can apply to get funding for the Skill Developments that your Company is involved with (if your Company complies with the SDL requirements).

Our other SARS Services

Pricing

Tax Registration VerificationR 490
Tax Clearance Combo (Includes Tax Registration Verification)R 990
Vat Registration (Mandatory / Voluntary)R 2 290
Import / Export License R 3 750

Your Guide to registering for UIF in South Africa 

In this post, I will be discussing what UIF is in South Africa, whether you have to register for UIF South Africa, what the benefits are and also the fastest way you can register for UIF in South Africa.

This post is for you if you have a business and you have one or more employees. This post is for you if you’ve heard about UIF and you’re wondering what it is, but it’s also for you if you never heard about UIF. UIF is compulsory for almost all employers, so it’s important that you know about UIF in South Africa.

 

 

 

To South African entrepreneurs UIF can sometimes seem like a complicated term and more unnecessary red tape. However, it’s actually very useful, it’s inexpensive and it’s easy to understand, once you get the basics. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of resources on UIF in other countries, but not so much about UIF in South Africa. That’s why we’ve decided to answer the most frequently asked questions about UIF in South Africa.

8 Questions we’ll answer below on UIF in South Africa

Just scroll down to the section you’re interested in.

  1. What is UIF in South Africa?

  2. How much UIF do I have to pay?

  3. Do I have to pay UIF as an employee or an employer in South Africa?

  4. How is UIF relevant to me?
  5. Do I have to register for UIF?

  6. When can I claim UIF?

  7. How can I claim for UIF Unemployment Benefits?

  8. Will UIF registration help my business?

Expert Tip: Save time by calling our Toll-Free number below to register for UIF.

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UIF South Africa

What is UIF in South Africa?

In short, UIF (The Unemployment Insurance Fund) is a form of insurance that makes sure South African employees are provided for in the case of involuntary unemployment.

The aim of the fund is to offer financial relief to someone who lost their job or their inability to work (for e.g. maternity leave, being between jobs, being “let go” and falling ill see a more comprehensive list in the questions below).

Both the employer and his or her employee contribute a tiny amount, relative to the employee’s salary, to the Unemployment Insurance Fund and in turn, the UIF offers financial relief in the event of unemployment.

If you’re an employer you will be contributing 1% of the value of your worker’s monthly pay (excluding commission) to the fund. Your employee will be contributing 1% of the value of his or her monthly salary.

That means you, as the employer, will withhold 1% of your worker’s salary and you will contribute 1% from your own pocket. You have to pay that 2% value directly to the Unemployment Insurance Fund.

You will have to contribute UIF for every worker you employ. There are a few exceptions and you can refer to them in the questions below.

Here is the government’s 2019 basic employer’s guide to UIF.

If you’re an employee, it’s important to notify your employer if they’re not aware of UIF. If they are registered, they should subtract only 1% of your monthly income (excluding any commission you earn) and pay it to the UIF towards your unemployment fund.

For only 1% of your salary, you get unemployment insurance and your employer is legally obligated to contribute the same amount, paying a full 2% in total directly to the UIF.

There are a few exceptions, that you can refer to in the questions below.

Here is the government’s 2019 basic employee’s guide to UIF.

UIF South Africa

How much UIF do I have to pay?

If you are an employer, you have to pay 1% of the value of your worker’s monthly salary (excluding commission).

If you are an employee, you have to pay 1% of the value of your own monthly salary (excluding commission).

This amounts to a total of 2% of the monthly salary. The employer is responsible for withholding the employee’s contributing and paying both his / her contribution along with the employee’s contribution directly to the UIF.

There is also an earning ceiling, so there’s a cap to the amount of UIF you can contribute.

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Do I have to pay UIF as an employee or an employer in South Africa?

Yes, you probably have to. South African law requires both the employer and the employee to contribute the same amount (1% each of the value of the worker’s monthly salary – excluding commission).

UIF applies to all workers (including employees like domestic workers), except:

  • Workers who work less than 24 hours a month for an employer
  • Learners
  • Public Servants
  • Foreigners (working specifically on a contract)
  • Workers who only earn commission

UIF South Africa

How do I pay UIF?

SARS developed a really easy system with uFiling. uFiling is similar to eFiling. It’s an online platform where you can stay on top of your UIF contributions.

UIF South Africa

When do I have to pay UIF?

You have to pay UIF (both your contribution and the contribution of your employer) before the 7th of every month. If the 7th is not a business day you have to pay on the last working day of the first week of the month.

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How is UIF relevant to me?

If you are an employer that means you will have to contribute to each employee’s UIF unless they work for you less than 24 hours a month.

If you are an employee that means a tiny piece of your salary will be withheld by your employer as your contribution to your UIF Fund. You will receive financial relief if you ever find yourself unemployed.

UIF South Africa

Do I have to register for UIF?

If you are an employer, you probably have to register for UIF, unless all your employees work less than 24 hours a month for you.

You can find the application documents right HERE.

Expert tip: Call our Toll-Free number, 0800 007 269, and have one of our UIF experts walk you through the UIF Registration process.

When can I claim UIF?

UIF is essentially just relevant when an employee involuntary lost their job. If an employee’s contract is terminated or if they are let go, UIF is relevant.

Here are a few examples of instances when an employer can put in a claim to the UIF (it depends largely on the specifics of every case):

  • If you are let go or fired from your job
  • If your work contract ended
  • If you lose your job because your employers went bankrupt
  • If you are on maternity leave
  • If you need time to spend with a newly adopted baby
  • If you fall ill
  • If someone dies, their dependents can claim UIF

Additionally, domestic workers can claim UIF if:

  • They work for more than one employer and lose an employer or if an employee dies.

However, a claim for UIF cannot be submitting under the following circumstances.

If the employee:

  • Is suspended for committing fraud
  • Voluntarily quits his or her job
  • Is already getting benefits from other schemes or unemployment funds under the Labour Relation Act
  • Refused training, job opportunities or work-finding advice

How can I claim for UIF Unemployment Benefits?

There are various forms of UIF Benefits to claim for. You can read about the various instances when the UIF is relevant (please refer to the question above) right HERE.

However, if it’s simply because you stopped working you have to put in your claim within six months after you’ve stopped working.

You can claim benefit from the day you stopped working until you get a new job and SARS won’t tax you on benefits paid to you. However, if you refuse to take job opportunities, refuse to go for training if it’s needed or take the advice that would help you get a job, the UIF may refuse to pay you.

Also, it’s a prerequisite that you register as a work-seeker and that you are available for work if you claim UIF Unemployment Benefits. The idea of the fund is not to replace work, but rather to help those who lose or can’t find work support themselves while they actively search for a new job.

A worker can claim by filling out the UIF application forms and submitting them, along with the other required documentation, at the local Labour Department.

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Will UIF registration help my business?

Yes, it will ensure that your employees are safeguarded if you ever need to fire them. Perhaps the benefit is not that directly linked to a profit gain but it ensures you can take care of your employees in some way if things ever go wrong financially in your business.

Keep in mind, these are the people that help build your business and they deserve to be protected when the economy fails you or if you ever make bad business decisions that cause your employees to lose their daily income. This is especially relevant when their family has no other income and dependents who rely on them.

If an employee offers their daylight hours to help you build your dream, you owe them that security so they can feed their family and get back up in the case of a job loss.

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