Lower Tax Rate Schedule for 2018 Rates

Good News for Wisconsin's Employers

For the third consecutive year, employers covered under Wisconsin's Unemployment Insurance (UI) program will collectively experience a tax decrease.

The UI Trust Fund balance has exceeded $1.2 billion, triggering a lower UI tax rate schedule for 2018. The lower tax rate schedule is expected to reduce the total tax burden on covered UI employers by an estimated $20 million for 2018. Note: Employers with a zero rate are still required to file quarterly tax and wage reports.

From 2009 to 2015, Wisconsin employers covered by the state's UI program had been paying UI taxes based upon the highest UI tax schedule set forth under state law, due to Trust Fund borrowing during the Great Recession and its aftermath. 

Unemployment tax rates are based on individual employer's history (experience). Employers receive their Wisconsin UI Tax Rate notices in October with their individual rates. For information on how Unemployment Insurance is financed visit: http://dwd.wisconsin.gov/uitax/financing.

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