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16409: MA - Contributions to the Department of Unemployment Assistance (DAS)


Drake Accounting®: How do I create and file the Massachusetts Quarterly Tax And Wage Report?  


For filing to the Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA), DAS produces:

  • A PDF copy of the Quarterly Tax And Wage Report for record-keeping purposes.
  • A .txt file for e-file.

Note: All quarterly reports must be filed electronically.

See Related Links below for required setup information before creating the state wage report.

 ​To prepare the report:

  • Select the Employees menu, then select State Tax & Wage Forms.
  • Make sure MA is selected, then select GEN Q TAX from the Forms droplist.
  • Select the applicable quarter.
  • Review the form and make any necessary entries or edits.
  • Make sure the e-File checkbox is marked, then select Save/Print.


Save/Print creates a watermarked PDF copy of the form for record-keeping purposes only.  If e-File was marked, a .txt file for upload to the Massachusetts Division of Unemployment Assistance website is also created.

To e-file:

  • Log in to the Massachusetts Division of Unemployment Assistance website.
  • Follow the menu options to upload the wage file.
  • The file for upload can be found by browsing to the drive where DAS is installed > DrakeAccounting20YY > DAS20YYData > Clients > client code > EFile > MA > MAGENQTAX (DrakeAccounting20YY > Clients > client code > EFile > MA > MAGENQTAX in DAS20 and prior) and selecting the file named _YYYY-MM-DD_HR_MIN_SEC.txt (where YYYY-MM-DD_HR_MIN_SEC is the date and time of file creation).

For more information about employer contributions to DUA, see the Guide to employer contributions to DUA.​


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