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Employer and Third-Party Agent Instructions for Submitting Files in BEACON - Unemployment Insurance

BEACON Account Activation and Registration for Employers and Third-Party Agents

BEACON, the Maryland Division of Unemployment Insurance’s fully-modernized unemployment insurance system, launched in September 2020. BEACON integrates all benefits, appeals, and tax functions of the unemployment insurance system.

An employer or agent who has not already done so should activate or register for a BEACON account.

You can file wage reports in BEACON by entering employee and wage information directly into the system or by using one of the following file formats:

  • CSV
  • XML
  • EFW2

Instructions for Employers

Sample Files:

Instructions for Third-Party Agents

Third-Party Agent Acknowledgement File Format

Sample Files:

You will need proper credentials to submit wage files by FTP in BEACON. To obtain these credentials, please email and use “FTP Wages” as the subject of the email.

For more information about BEACON, see:

Unemployment Modernization (BEACON) for Employers and Third-Party Agents

If you have additional questions about BEACON, please contact the Maryland Division of Unemployment Insurance by calling the Employer Call Center at 410-949-0033.