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April 19, 2014

Important Notice for All Massachusetts Employers Regarding Unemployment Tax Rates

 

Release of Massachusetts Unemployment Rates Is Delayed

Release of Massachusetts Unemployment Rates Is Delayed

Due to late action by the Massachusetts legislature and the governor, unemployment rates will NOT be available by the legally mandated deadline of April 20, 2014.

At Vision Payroll, we will be submitting wage information by the filing deadline of April 30, 2014. Employer rates will not be available until May 19, 2014. Unemployment contributions must be paid by May 30, 2014.

Although the rate schedule used to determine the rates remains unchanged from 2013, most employers will have a different rate for 2014. That is because in addition to the rate tables, employer rates are determined by wages paid, unemployment benefits charged directly to your account, and the solvency assessment that the state charges employers to pay for benefits paid to the employees of other employers.

If your rate increases from 2013 to 2014, we will need to withdraw additional money beginning May 19, 2014 to pay the additional tax by the deadline. We will contact all employers with the additional amount due. Additionally, we will begin to collect with the new rate (higher or lower) with each payroll as soon as possible after rates are released. Further, with the last payroll of the second quarter, we will make the final adjustment for second quarter taxes.

Since we cannot finalize your first quarter quarterlies until the new unemployment rates are released, we are not going to post online or mail out quarterly packages for affected employers. If you need certain forms, e.g., for a workers comp audit, please contact our offices and we can make them available. Otherwise, we will be sending first quarter packages to affected employers in late May and early June.

Please contact Vision Payroll if you have any questions.

February 21, 2011

Massachusetts Freezes Unemployment Tax Rate Schedule for 2011

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MA EOLWD Secretary Joanne F. Goldstein
Governor Deval Patrick recently signed legislation that will provide immediate relief to Massachusetts’ businesses by freezing employer contributions to the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Trust Fund at current levels. This new law prevents a scheduled rate hike from taking effect, helping to save businesses $402 million this year. Although the legislation freezes the rate schedule for 2011, individual employer’s rates may increase or decrease from 2010. The rate change is determined by the change in the employer’s Experience Rating.

Legislation Said to Position State for Continued Economic Recovery

“Without this legislation employers would have seen an average increase of $228 per employee,” said Governor Patrick. “We want to encourage a positive climate for employers and by signing this bill we are helping to position the state for continued economic recovery.”

Employer Contributions Tied to Trust Fund Levels

Employer contributions into the UI Trust Fund are tied to the amount of reserves in the trust fund. By law, a scheduled increase was triggered on January 1, 2011, which would have caused an increase in the average contribution per employee of $228 for 2011. In order to reduce costs for Massachusetts businesses, Governor Patrick and the Legislature agreed to freeze the contribution at a lower rate schedule (Schedule E). This measure will not impact benefit levels or eligibility for persons currently collecting unemployment benefits.

Notice of Employer’s Unemployment Insurance Contribution Rate for 2011 to Be Released

Now that the legislation has been passed, the Massachusetts Division of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is expected to release through QUEST the Notice of Employer’s Unemployment Insurance Contribution Rate for 2011. This notice contains information on each employer’s contribution rates, including the following:

  • Unemployment Insurance (UI) Rate,
  • Universal Health Insurance (UHI) Rate,
  • Workforce Training Fund (WTF) Rate, and
  • Experience Rating

Contact Vision Payroll for Further Information

Contact Vision Payroll for further information on the unemployment tax rate schedule in Massachusetts for 2011.

October 1, 2008

Tip of the Week: Start Planning Now to Comply with Identity Theft Regulation

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts recently promulgated a new regulation, 201 CMR 17.00, titled Standards for The Protection of Personal Information of Residents of the Commonwealth.  The purpose of the regulation is to implement “the provisions of M.G.L. c. 93H relative to the standards to be met by persons who own, license, store or maintain personal information about a resident of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.” Personal information is defined as:

 

 

[A] Massachusetts resident’s first name and last name or first initial and last name in combination with any one or more of the following data elements that relate to such resident: (a) Social Security number; (b) driver’s license number or state-issued identification card number; or (c) financial account number, or credit or debit card number, with or without any required security code, access code, personal identification number or password, that would permit access to a resident’s financial account; provided, however, that “Personal information” shall not include information that is lawfully obtained from publicly available information, or from federal, state or local government records lawfully made available to the general public.

 

 

Since all employers should normally store “personal information” about each employee, apparently all employers who employ a resident of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts will be required to comply with the regulations. Governor Deval Patrick has also issued a related Executive Order 504 requiring certification of compliance with the order by all state contractors. There are significant procedures that must be implemented and substantial fines for non-compliance. Vision Payroll will be communicating its compliance with the new regulations to all affected clients before 2009. We strongly suggest that you contact your attorney as soon as possible to discuss implementation of the new provisions.

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