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The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) delayed the mailing of 2021 tax rates this year in order to remove benefit charges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. They previously issued guidance indicating they would have the rates mailed by the end of July 2021 and that once mailed, they would be the same as they were for 2020. It was recently announced by TWC that they are mailing rates to employers effective July 2, 2021, and they are available on the state portal as well.

Our tax team has reviewed some of the rates issued by the state and find the rates are not the same as 2020 but instead, are much higher due to inflated benefit charges. CCC has determined that chargebacks in the first, second, and third quarters of 2020 are inflated due to the pandemic. While the TWC Commissioner said in his press release dated April 1, 2020, that employers would not be charged for claims filed due to COVID-19, unfortunately, that is not correct. Chargebacks for the first three quarters of 2020 are under protest where the separation is due to COVID. Once the TWC finalizes the protests, revised rates may be generated for 2021. Until then, the assigned rate should be used. Also, Governor Abbott suspended the voluntary contribution option for 2021.

Your CCC Tax Analyst will be in touch with you regarding your rate assignment and details as to protest rights. CCC will keep you updated as we find out more from TWC regarding this issue.


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