ETS Tax intelligence: 2018 Joint Account Strategies

Situation The 2018 state unemployment insurance (“SUI”) tax rate season is underway. In addition to utilizing tax rate forecasting to prevent unexpected outcomes (see August 2017 ETS Tax Intelligence), several states allow statutory elections, such as joint accounts, that can be implemented to reduce an employer’s overall SUI tax burden. Solution The formation of a [Read More…]

ETS Tax Intelligence – SUI Tax Rate Forecasting

Situation As mentioned in last month’s issue of Tax Intelligence, for a majority of states the date used to calculate state unemployment insurance (“SUI”) tax rates for the forthcoming calendar year is June 30th, which is known as the computation date.  So while most of the employer-specific information used by state workforce agencies in calculating [Read More…]

ETS Tax Intelligence: State Unemployment Tax Economic Update

In a majority of states, employer-specific factors (benefit charges, taxable payroll, tax contributions, and reserve account balances) used in calculating 2018 state unemployment insurance (“SUI”) tax rates will be fixed as of June 30, 2017.  However, there are still unknown legislative and economic factors that could have an impact on 2018 and future SUI tax [Read More…]

ETS Tax Intelligence: Achieving a Successful M&A Transaction

Situation When contemplating a merger, acquisition, reorganization, or divestiture (“M&A”) transaction, a structured, cohesive plan can assist employers in achieving desired outcomes.  Continuing from last month’s ETS Tax Intelligence, which focused on implementing a successful M&A transaction, the fourth and final phase focuses on the Post-Implementation requirements of the strategic plan (a/k/a the follow-up phase). [Read More…]

ETS Tax Intelligence: Implementing A Successful M&A Transaction

Situation When contemplating a merger, acquisition, reorganization, or divestiture (“M&A”) transaction, a structured, cohesive plan can assist employers in achieving desired outcomes.  Continuing from last month’s ETS Tax Intelligence, which focused on planning for a successful M&A transaction, the third phase of an M&A transaction focuses on implementation of the strategic plan, also referred to [Read More…]

Unemployment Tax Look Back Review

Whether you use an unemployment vendor or manage unemployment in-house, now may be a good time to have an independent third party assessment of your unemployment tax accounts to identify potential tax overpayments. “In America, there are two tax systems; one for the informed and one for the uninformed. Both are legal.” – Judge Learned [Read More…]

State Unemployment Tax Savings Opportunities in New York

New York offers employers the opportunity to reduce 2017 state unemployment insurance (“SUI”) tax costs.  This may be accomplished through: Forming a Joint Account.  A NY joint account combines two or more of your SUI tax accounts to achieve a lower overall tax cost for 2017. Making a Voluntary Tax Contribution.  A NY voluntary contribution [Read More…]

ETS Tax Intelligence: Preparing for a Successful M&A Transaction

Situation When contemplating a merger, acquisition, reorganization, or divestiture (“M&A”) transaction, a structured, cohesive plan can assist employers in achieving desired outcomes.  Such planning must begin with the first phase of the M&A process, Due Diligence, and carry through to Planning/Design, Implementation/Compliance, and Post-Implementation.  Over the next few months, Tax Intelligence will focus on each [Read More…]

ETS Tax Intelligence: Multi-State Unemployment Tax Issues

Situation The beginning of a new calendar year is the perfect time for employers to review current payroll reporting practices to identify and rectify any inappropriate pay practices and review the prior year’s filings for potential refund opportunities.  This review should include an analysis of state unemployment insurance (“SUI”) sourcing rules and utilization of out-of-state [Read More…]

ETS Tax Intelligence: 2017 SUI Annual Taxable Wage Bases

Situation In general, there are two main factors that determine an employer’s annual state unemployment insurance (“SUI”) tax costs: 1) the employer-specific tax rate assigned, and 2) the taxable wage base.  The annual taxable wage base is a limit on the amount of an employee’s wages on which an employer must pay SUI taxes, as [Read More…]