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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%.

Contact Vision Payroll Today

For more information on the credit reduction states in 2011, be sure to contact Vision Payroll today.

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.

December 18, 2010

IRS Releases 2010 Form 940

On 2010 Form 940, Michigan Is One of Three Credit Reduction States
On 2010 Form 940, Michigan Is One of Three Credit Reduction States
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released the 2010 Form 940, Employer’s Annual Federal Unemployment (FUTA) Tax Return, and accompanying instructions. Employers use Form 940 to report their annual Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) tax.

FUTA Tax Must Be Deposited Electronically Using EFTPS in 2011

As previously announced, the IRS will discontinue accepting paper coupons for depository taxes after December 31, 2010. Employers should make their deposits electronically using Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS).

Three Credit Reduction States for 2010

There are three credit reduction states for 2010: Michigan, Indiana, and South Carolina. The effective FUTA rate for most Michigan employers is 1.4% and for most Indiana and South Carolina employers it’s 1.1%. Most other employers have an effective rate of 0.8%.

2011 FUTA Rate Scheduled to Decrease

Under current law, the FUTA tax rate is scheduled to decrease to 6.0% (before SUTA credits) on July 1, 2011. The rate for the first six months of 2011 is 6.2%.

Vision Payroll to File Form 940 Electronically

Vision Payroll will file Form 940 for its clients electronically with the IRS and will not submit the paper version. Employers will be able to download a copy of Form 940 for their records.

November 21, 2010

South Carolina Unemployment Wage Base to Increase to $13,000 for 2011

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Governor Mark Sanford, Courtesy of South Carolina Governor's Office
Governor Mark Sanford, Courtesy of South Carolina Governor's Office
The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce has announced that pursuant to SC General Assembly Bill 391, the taxable wage base will increase for 2011. The wage base will increase from $7,000 for 2010 to $10,000 for 2011.

Further Increases Are Already Scheduled for 2012 and Beyond

The wage base is scheduled to increase to $12,000 for 2012 through 2014 and to $14,000 for 2015 and later years.

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 South Carolina unemployment taxable wage base or visit our Unemployment Taxable Wage Base page.

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.

October 4, 2008

US Department of Labor Files Suit to Recover Overtime Wages

Following an investigation, the US Department of Labor has filed a lawsuit seeking more than $5 million in underpaid overtime. The suit was filed against CEMEX, Inc., a Houston-based provider of cement and concrete products. Employees in Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas were allegedly underpaid overtime hours for piece rate and incentive bonus pay. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires that employees eligible for overtime be paid at one and one-half times their regular rate of pay, which should include most commissions, bonuses, and incentive pay. Vision Payroll provides a continuing series on the FLSA, but you should contact your labor attorney with specific questions on overtime hours and pay rates.

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