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November 25, 2011

Question of the Week: What Are the Credit Reduction States for 2011?

What Are the Credit Reduction States for 2011?
What Are the Credit Reduction States for 2011?
This week’s question comes from Victoria, a corporate controller.

Victoria asks:

I read that California is going to be a credit reduction state for 2011, but heard that they be more credit reduction states. What are the credit reduction states for 2011?

Answer: The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released a list of credit reduction states for 2011. There are a total of twenty states and one territory.

Standard Credit Rates Is 5.4% for 2011

Generally, employers who pay their state unemployment tax by the due date for filing Form 940, Employer’s Annual Federal Unemployment (FUTA) Tax Return, receive a credit 5.4% against their Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) tax. This credit is claimed on Form 940. Federal law provides for a reduction in the FUTA tax credit when a state has outstanding federal loans for two years. The credit reduction is calculated on Schedule A of Form 940.

Michigan Is a 0.9% Credit Reduction States

Since this is Michigan’s third consecutive year as a credit reduction state, the credit reduction for Michigan is 0.9% for 2011.

Indiana Is a 0.6% Credit Reduction States

Since this is Indiana’s second consecutive year as a credit reduction state, the credit reduction for Indiana is 0.6% for 2011. South Carolina, which was a first-year state for 2010, has paid off its loans and is not a credit reduction state for 2011.

Eighteen New Credit Reduction States for 2011

There are eighteen new credit reduction states for 2011. These states will have a credit reduction of 0.3% for 2011. The states are Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, and Wisconsin. Additionally, the US Virgin Islands also has a credit reduction of 0.3%.

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November 21, 2011

California Is a Credit Reduction State for 2011

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Pam Harris, Chief Deputy Director, California EDD
Pam Harris, Chief Deputy Director, California EDD
According to the California Employment Development Department, California will be a FUTA tax credit reduction state in 2011.

Standard Credit Rates Is 5.4% for 2011

Generally, employers who pay their state unemployment tax by the due date for filing Form 940, Employer’s Annual Federal Unemployment (FUTA) Tax Return, receive a credit 5.4% against their Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) tax. This credit is claimed on Form 940.

FUTA Wage Base Is $7,000 for 2011

The FUTA wage base is $7,000 for 2011.

Employers in Certain States Are Subject To Credit Reduction

Federal law provides for a reduction in the FUTA tax credit when a state has outstanding federal loans for two years. The credit reduction is calculated on Schedule A of Form 940.

California Is Subject To Credit Reduction for First Time

Since California was not a credit reduction state in 2010, the credit reduction rate will be 0.3% for 2011. California employers will receive a reduced credit of 5.1% for 2011. For the first six months of 2011, the FUTA tax rate was 6.2% and for the last six months of 2011, the FUTA tax rate has been 6.0%. Therefore, California employers will pay an effective rate of 1.1% for the first six months of 2011 and 0.9% for the last six months of 2011. The credit reduction will continue to increase by 0.3 percentage points each year until the loan is paid, e.g., 0.6% in 2012, 0.9% in 2013, etc.

Vision Payroll Will Calculate the Credit Reduction for All California Clients

Contact Vision Payroll if you have any further questions on the California credit reduction.

October 16, 2011

North Carolina ESC Chair Suspends Certain Provisions of Unemployment Law

North Carolina Employment Security Commission Chairman Lynn R. Holmes
North Carolina Employment Security Commission Chairman Lynn R. Holmes
Employment Security Commission (ESC) Chairman Lynn R. Holmes officially notified leaders of the General Assembly on Wednesday that she was suspending certain provisions of Senate Bill 532 because the provisions do not comply with federal law.

US DOL Had Threatened Eligibility of NC Employers to Receive FUTA Credit

In a September 22, 2011, letter from Gay M. Gilbert, Administrator in the Office of Unemployment Insurance of the US Department of Labor (DOL) to Chairman Holmes, the DOL requested that Chairman Holmes use her authority under North Carolina law to suspend certain provisions of the law. If the provisions had not been suspended and the law took effect November 1, 2011, the DOL would not certify North Carolina as in compliance with provisions of the FUTA Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) and the Social Security Act (SSA). Without this certification, employers in North Carolina would not be eligible to receive the FUTA credit on Form 940, Employer’s Annual Federal Unemployment (FUTA) Tax Return.

Four Points of Law Found in Conflict

There were four parts of the law that the DOL had considered in relation to conformity issues. They are:

  1. A provision that would allow employers thirty days to respond to a claim notice;
  2. A provision that would permit the total reduction of benefit rights if an individual is arrested for or convicted of certain criminal behavior;
  3. A provision that would permit an individual to be totally disqualified for unsatisfactory performance; and
  4. A provision that would permit parties to waive the right to an appeal hearing by entering stipulations resolving the issues of an appeal.

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Contact Vision Payroll for further information on the suspension of North Carolina law by Chairman Holmes.

August 7, 2011

Michigan Offers Rebate for Expected Credit Reduction

Steven Hilfinger, Director, Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
Steven Hilfinger, Director, Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
According to the Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) of the State of Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs in Fact Sheet 139, the FUTA tax credit reduction rate will increase from 0.6% in 2010 to 0.9% in 2011. Since the determination will not be made until November 1, 2011, this is only a projection at this time.

Standard Credit Rate is 5.4% for 2011

Generally, employers who pay their state unemployment tax by the due date for filing Form 940, Employer’s Annual Federal Unemployment (FUTA) Tax Return receive a credit 5.4% against their Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) tax. This credit is claimed on Form 940.

Employers in Certain States Are Subject To Credit Reduction

Federal law provides for a reduction in the FUTA tax credit when a state has outstanding federal loans for two years. The credit reduction is calculated on Schedule A of Form 940.

Michigan Is Subject To Credit Reduction for Third Consecutive Year

Since Michigan was already subject to a credit reduction in 2009 and 2010, the credit reduction will increase to 0.9% for 2011. The credit reduction will continue to increase by 0.3 percentage points each year until the loan is paid, e.g., 1.2% in 2012, 1.5% in 2013, etc.

Rebate Offered To Fully Experienced Employers with a Positive Balance

Fully experienced employers with a positive balance may claim a credit using Form UIA 1110. The credit is the lower of 50% of the additional tax paid due to the credit reduction or the taxable wages for the year of the credit reduction multiplied by the employer’s Nonchargeable Benefits Component (NBC). Based on the eligibility conditions for prior years, the expected eligibility conditions for a 2012 tax credit should be as follows:

  1. Your “actual reserve” balance as of June 30, 2010 as shown on your 2011 annual tax rate determination must be positive. If the “actual reserve” is a negative figure, refer to Voluntary Payment information at www.michigan.gov/uia.
  2. In 2011, you are in your fifth or subsequent year of coverage with the UIA (you are a fully experienced employer).
  3. You pay the 2011 FUTA credit reduction to the Internal Revenue Service prior to January 1, 2013.
  4. You certify on Form UIA 1110 the amount of additional FUTA tax you paid for 2011 as a result of the credit reduction.
  5. You have taxable wages with UIA in the 2011 calendar year.

Vision Payroll Will Calculate the Credit Reduction for All Michigan Clients

Contact Vision Payroll if you have any further questions on the Michigan credit reduction.

June 29, 2011

Tip of the Week: FUTA Tax to Decrease This Friday

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Tip of the Week: FUTA Tax to Decrease This Friday
Tip of the Week: FUTA Tax to Decrease This Friday
Most employers nationwide will receive an employment tax reduction July 1, 2011 when the temporary FUTA surtax expires. The temporary surtax was enacted in 1976. The standard FUTA tax rate will decrease from 6.2% to 6.0%.

Standard Credit Rate is 5.4% for 2011

Generally, employers who pay their state unemployment tax by the due date for filing Form 940, Employer’s Annual Federal Unemployment (FUTA) Tax Return receive a credit 5.4% against their Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) tax. This credit is claimed on Form 940. Therefore, for 2011, many employers will pay an effective rate of 0.8% for wages paid from January 1, 2011 to June 30, 2011 and 0.6% for wages paid from July 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011.

FUTA Wage Base is $7,000 for 2011

The FUTA wage base for 2011 is $7,000. Since many employees have already been paid $7,000 in wages during 2011, no reduced tax will apply for those employees.

Credit Reduction Will Apply in Some States

Unless Congress changes the law, as many as thirty-eight states could be credit reduction states in 2011. Michigan would have a credit reduction of 0.9%, Indiana and South Carolina would have credit reductions of 0.6%, and all other states would have credit reductions of 0.3%. If these states are determined to be credit reduction states in November, the effective rates for the second half of 2011 would be 1.5% for Michigan employers, 1.2% for Indiana and South Carolina employers, and 0.9% for all other credit reduction state employers.

Vision Payroll Will Calculate the Appreciate FUTA Tax for All Employers

Employers in every state can contact Vision Payroll for assistance in determining their FUTA tax rate for 2011 and for assistance in filing Form 940.

April 4, 2011

Connecticut Imposes Special Assessment on Employers

CT DOL Commissioner Glenn Marshall
CT DOL Commissioner Glenn Marshall
In Connecticut, the average number of workers filing for Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits since 2007 has grown from 40,000 to approximately 130,000. In 2009 and 2010, UI benefit payouts greatly exceeded UI tax revenues. In 2011, UI benefit payouts will continue to exceed tax revenues by a substantial margin.

Funding Imbalance Has Led to Insolvency

Because of this funding imbalance, Connecticut’s Unemployment Trust Fund became insolvent on October 13, 2009.

Connecticut Borrowed from the US Department of Labor

In order to continue paying UI benefits to unemployed workers, as required by law, Connecticut began borrowing funds from the US Department of Labor (DOL). To date, Connecticut has borrowed approximately $650 million and the Labor Department projects that total borrowing could approach $1 billion over the next two to three years.

ARRA Waived Interest Through 2010

Generally, federal loans carry interest, but the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) contains a provision waiving interest on UI trust fund loans through 2010. Connecticut will still have substantial loan balances outstanding in 2011 and beyond. Under federal law, employers are required to pay interest to the federal government beginning in 2011.

Interest Collected Through Special Assessments

Under Connecticut law, interest payments from employers are collected through annual Special Assessments, excluding those entities that reimburse the state dollar-for-dollar for the costs of benefits paid to former employees. The first annual Special Assessment date for Connecticut employers is August 1, 2011 with the payment due by August 31, 2011.

Special Assessment Estimated at $40 Million

Connecticut’s total Special Assessment for 2011 is estimated to be approximately $40 million. Based on this estimate, the average cost per employee will be roughly $40. For example, a business that employs ten workers can expect a Special Assessment bill of approximately $400 in August 2011. The 2011 Special Assessment figures are estimates and, therefore, subject to change based on variables such as the actual amounts borrowed and the total number of active employers as of August 2011.

FUTA Tax Rate Expected to increase for 2011

In addition to interest costs, Connecticut and other states with federal loans outstanding for two consecutive years must make additional payments into the Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) system to pay down the loan principal. Therefore, the effective FUTA tax rate for calendar year 2011, payable in January 2012, will increase from 0.8% to 1.1%.

Additional FUTA Tax to Be Applied To Loan Principal

The additional FUTA tax collected, approximately $21 per employee, will be applied to the state’s outstanding loan balance – thereby reducing the loan principal.

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March 4, 2011

Question of the Week: What Is a Taxable Wage Base?

What Is a Taxable Wage Base?
What Is a Taxable Wage Base?
This week’s question comes from April, an office manager. I’ve read that the taxable wage base has increased in New Hampshire for 2011, but I’m not sure of the impact. What is a taxable wage base? Answer: The taxable wage base is the amount of income that will be taxed in a particular year.

New Hampshire Taxable Wage Base Is $12,000

For 2011, the New Hampshire taxable wage base is $12,000. Therefore, all subject wages earned during 2011 by an employee up to $12,000 will be taxed for New Hampshire unemployment purposes. Once $12,000 of wages have been taxed for New Hampshire unemployment purposes, no additional New Hampshire unemployment tax will be due for that employee for the rest of 2011.

Taxable Wage Bases Range from $7,000 to $37,300

For 2011, the federal taxable wage base is $7,000. Three states, Arizona, California, Florida and Puerto Rico all have the lowest taxable wage base of $7,000. Washington has the highest taxable wage base at $37,300.

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

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November 28, 2010

Indiana Is a Credit Reduction State for 2010

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Mark W. Everson, Commissioner, Indiana Department of Workforce Development
Mark W. Everson, Commissioner, Indiana Department of Workforce Development
According to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, Indiana will be a FUTA tax credit reduction state in 2010.

Standard Credit Rate is 5.4% for 2010

Generally, employers who pay their state unemployment tax by the due date for filing Form 940, Employer’s Annual Federal Unemployment (FUTA) Tax Return receive a credit 5.4% against their Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) tax. This credit is claimed on Form 940.

FUTA Wage Base is $7,000 for 2010

Since the FUTA wage base is $7,000 for 2010, a maximum tax of $56 per employee is due, calculated as follows:

FUTA Taxable Wage Base
FUTA Taxable Wage Base$7,000
FUTA Tax Rate6.2%
Maximum FUTA Tax per Employee Before Credit $434.00$434
Less: FUTA Tax Credit Reduction ($7,000 X 5.4%)$378
Maximum Net FUTA Tax per Employee$56

Employers in Certain States Are Subject To Credit Reduction

Federal law provides for a reduction in the FUTA tax credit when a state has outstanding federal loans for two years. The credit reduction is calculated on Schedule A of Form 940.

Indiana Is Subject To Credit Reduction for First Time

Since Indiana was not a credit reduction state in 2009, the credit reduction rate will be 0.3% for 2010. Adding the credit reduction rate of 0.3% to the normal rate of 0.8% results in an effective FUTA rate of 1.1% for Indiana employers in 2010. The credit reduction will continue to increase by 0.3 percentage points each year until the loan is paid, e.g., 0.6% in 2011, 0.9% in 2012, etc. Adding the credit reduction rate of 0.3% to the normal rate of 0.8% results in an effective FUTA rate of 1.1% for Indiana employers in 2010.

Vision Payroll Will Calculate the Credit Reduction for All Indiana Clients

Contact Vision Payroll if you have any further questions on the Indiana credit reduction.

November 19, 2010

Question of the Week: Are There Any Other Credit Reduction States for 2010?

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Governor Mark Sanford, Courtesy of South Carolina Governor's Office
Governor Mark Sanford, Courtesy of South Carolina Governor's Office
This week’s question comes from Peter, a company controller. I read that Michigan is a credit reduction state for 2010. Are there any other credit reduction states for 2010? Answer: Federal law provides for a reduction in the FUTA tax credit when a state has outstanding federal loans for two years. The credit reduction is calculated on Schedule A of Form 940.

South Carolina and Michigan Are the Credit Reduction States for 2010

In addition to Michigan, the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce has announced that South Carolina is also a FUTA credit reduction state for 2010.

Maximum Tax Increase Is $21 per Employee

Since this is South Carolina’s first year as a credit reduction state, the credit reduction will be 0.3% or a maximum of $21 per employee. This is calculated by multiplying the wage base of $7,000 by the credit reduction of 0.3%.

Michigan, South Carolina and Indiana Are Credit Reduction States for 2010

As noted elsewhere and in the comments, the three credit reduction states for 2010 are Michigan, South Carolina, and Indiana. Unless Congress changes the rules or states make significant changes, as many as thirty-eight states may be credit reduction states in 2011.

Vision Payroll Will Calculate the Credit Reduction for All South Carolina Clients

Contact Vision Payroll if you have any further questions on the South Carolina credit reduction.

November 16, 2010

Michigan FUTA Tax Credit Reduction to Increase for 2010

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Andrew S. Levin, Acting Director, Michigan Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth
Andrew S. Levin, Acting Director, Michigan Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth
According to the Unemployment Insurance Agency of the State of Michigan Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth, the FUTA tax credit reduction rate will increase from 0.3% in 2009 to 0.6% in 2010.

Standard Credit Rate is 5.4% for 2010

Generally, employers who pay their state unemployment tax by the due date for filing Form 940, Employer’s Annual Federal Unemployment (FUTA) Tax Return receive a credit 5.4% against their Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) tax. This credit is claimed on Form 940.

FUTA Wage Base is $7,000 for 2010

Since the FUTA wage base is $7,000 for 2010, a maximum tax of $56 per employee is due, calculated as follows:

FUTA Taxable Wage Base
FUTA Taxable Wage Base$7,000
FUTA Tax Rate6.2%
Maximum FUTA Tax per Employee Before Credit $434.00$434
Less: FUTA Tax Credit Reduction ($7,000 X 5.4%)$378
Maximum Net FUTA Tax per Employee$56

Employers in Certain States Are Subject To Credit Reduction

Federal law provides for a reduction in the FUTA tax credit when a state has outstanding federal loans for two years. The credit reduction is calculated on Schedule A of Form 940.

Michigan Is Subject To Credit Reduction for Second Consecutive Year

Since Michigan was already subject to a credit reduction in 2009 of 0.3%, the credit reduction will increase to 0.6% for 2010. The credit reduction will continue to increase by 0.3 percentage points each year until the loan is paid, e.g., 0.9% in 2011, 1.2% in 2012, etc.

Vision Payroll Will Calculate the Credit Reduction for All Michigan Clients

Contact Vision Payroll if you have any further questions on the Michigan credit reduction.

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