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June 19, 2012

Washington Unemployment Wage Base to Increase to $39,800

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WA ESD Commissioner Paul Trause
WA ESD Commissioner Paul Trause
The Washington Employment Security Department has announced an increase in the taxable wage base for 2013. The wage base will increase from $38,200 for 2012 to $39,800 for 2013.

Find Out the Wage Base for All States by Visiting the Vision Payroll Unemployment Taxable Wage Base Page

Contact Vision Payroll if you have any questions on the Washington unemployment taxable wage base or visit our Unemployment Taxable Wage Base page.

July 3, 2011

Washington Unemployment Wage Base to Increase to $38,200

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WA ESD Commissioner Paul Trause
WA ESD Commissioner Paul Trause
The Washington Employment Security Department has announced an increase in the taxable wage base for 2012. The wage base will increase from $37,300 for 2011 to $38,200 for 2012.

Find Out the Wage Base for All States by Visiting the Vision Payroll Unemployment Taxable Wage Base Page

Contact Vision Payroll if you have any questions on the Washington unemployment taxable wage base or visit our Unemployment Taxable Wage Base page.

February 15, 2011

Washington Reduces 2011 Unemployment Tax Rates for Most Employers

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Washington Governor Christine Gregoire recently signed Engrossed House Bill 1091 and Senate Bill 5135 into law. As a result, most employers will have their rates reduced from the already announced 2011 employer tax rates.

Washington Employment Security Department Releases Fact Sheet

According to a fact sheet released by the Washington Employment Security Department (ESD):

Tax rates for 2011 will be reduced for 90 percent of Washington employers. In fact, about half of them will pay lower rates than in 2010. The reduction will save employers $300 million in 2011, with a total savings of about $360 million from 2011 through 2017.

Going into 2011, unemployment tax rates were projected to increase by an average of 36 percent due to widespread layoffs during the recession. Even employers with few or no layoffs faced high increases because the shared (social) costs of the insurance system had increased substantially. Meanwhile, Washington’s unemployment trust fund has remained among the healthiest in the country. This provided a unique opportunity to provide tax relief to employers without jeopardizing the benefits fund.

The new law caps the social-cost component of the unemployment tax and lowers the multipliers that set the social-cost tax rate for rate classes 1-20 (rate classes 21-40 were unchanged). [ESD] will send revised tax-rate notices to affected businesses in March.

Vision Payroll Will Use Revised Rates in First Quarter Returns

Once issued by the ESD, Vision Payroll will adjust the rates for its clients in Washington to reflect the revised rates.

July 18, 2010

Washington Unemployment Wage Base to Increase to $37,300

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The Washington Employment Security Department has announced an increase in the taxable wage base for 2011. The wage base will increase from $36,800 for 2010 to $37,300 for 2011. Contact Vision Payroll if you have any questions on the Washington unemployment taxable wage base or visit our Unemployment Taxable Wage Base page.

December 19, 2009

Washington Unemployment Wage Base to Increase to $36,800

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The Washington Employment Security Department has announced an increase in the taxable wage base for 2010. The wage base will increase from $35,700 for 2009 to $36,800 for 2010. Contact Vision Payroll if you have any questions on the Washington unemployment taxable wage base or visit our Unemployment Taxable Wage Base page.

September 14, 2008

Washington Employment Security Department Files Emergency Rule Following Supreme Court Decision

In late June, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled that the eligibility criteria listed in the state law were not exclusive. Therefore, if applicants for unemployment benefits had other good reasons to quit their jobs, it was within the discretion of the Employment Security Department (ESD) to approve such applicants for benefits. In response the ESD has issued an emergency rule, under which applicants who quit due to work-related conditions might still be eligible for unemployment benefits. This “allows Employment Security to begin reviewing all voluntary-quit decisions that are not yet final. These include decisions still in process at Employment Security or under appeal at the Office of Administrative Hearing or at the Commissioner’s Review Office.” Contact Vision Payroll if you have any questions on this emergency ruling by the Washington ESD.

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