As we progress into the 2015 unemployment rate year, we continue to receive news of rates remaining the same or reducing for the upcoming year.   Each rate is verified with the data we have collected from your payroll department and the state agencies.   Discrepancies are discussed, and protest filed when the numbers are incorrect.   Our experienced tax analyst review for options such as voluntary contributions, negative write-offs, and joint account opportunities. An information email, with a rate notice attached, explains our recommendations or the additional action we are taking with a state agency.   Our valued tax analysts are ready to answer your questions as they arise. The following is a few states with information on stable or decreasing rates.   This appears to be the trend for 2015 as mentioned in past Newsletters.

Employers and employees will see a decrease in Alaska unemployment taxes for 2015.   Alaskans pay 27% of the average benefit costs and employers pay 73%.   This is the second consecutive year that employees and employers will see a reduction in taxes.   The estimated reduction is $40 per employee.

Delaware will continue to base the rates between a range of 0.3% – 8.02% for 2015. The taxable wage base will remain the same.

Missouri unemployment will continue to range from 0.0% to 7.8%. The additional surcharge will continue to be added to the negative balanced employer increasing their rate above the standard 7.8%. The taxable wage base will also remain the same.   Missouri has a voluntary contribution option. The deadline to submit the voluntary contribution will be January 15, 2015, per the agency.

Rhode Island rates will continue to range from 1.69% to 9.79% for 2015. The Job Development Fund Assessment should drop back to 0.21%.   Rhode Island expects to repay its Title XII loan before the November 10 due date.   If payment is not made, Rhode Island might have to adjust the Job Development Fund Assessment.

The rate chart for Wisconsin will change for the negative balanced employers.   The new maximum rate will be 12%.   Rates for employers with less than $500,000 in taxable payroll will have rates ranging from 0.27%- 12% and employers with $500,000 or more in taxable payroll will have rates ranging from 0.7% – 12%.   Wisconsin is a voluntary contribution state with a deadline of November 30, 2014, to submit.

The following states will issue rates in November: South Dakota, South Carolina, Kansas, Missouri, Oregon, Utah, North Carolina, Iowa, and Ohio.   Of these states, Kansas, Missouri, North Carolina, South Dakota and Ohio provided the voluntary contribution option.   Ohio also has a joint account option. Corporate Cost Control will evaluate these options when your rate notice is received.   If you should receive a rate notice directly from the state, please forward the notice to your tax analyst.


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