UI Tax Staff
UI Tax Staff
"Taxable" employers are subject to a federal unemployment tax (FUTA), which is currently 6.0% of the first $7,000 of employee earnings. FUTA allows a 5.4% tax credit for employers in good standing with their state unemployment program so most employers have a net FUTA rate of 0.6%. However, the net rate will increase in each of the next three years because of automatic reductions in the tax credit.
The 5.4% tax credit will decrease 0.3% in the first year and an additional 0.3% in each succeeding year until the federal loans are fully repaid. Once the federal loans are repaid, the tax credit will return to 5.4% and no additional taxes will be assessed. Wisconsin currently expects the reserve fund to rely on federal loans through 2014.
"Taxable" employers could expect, when compared to their 2011 payment, an additional assessment of:
The additional federal tax revenue generated by reductions in the tax credit will be used to pay down the federal loan balance. No additional assessment is expected after 2014 because the reserve fund is expected to have paid off all federal loans.
Questions can be directed to the IRS at (800)-829-0115. The 2011 Federal Employer's Annual Federal Unemployment (FUTA) Tax Return (Form 940 and Instructions) will be available at: http://www.irs.gov/app/picklist/list/formsInstructions.html
The above information on FUTA is subject to changes in federal law. UI will update employers annually.