New Jersey is set to release their new unemployment rates in August 2010.

There is one problem!

The state’s unemployment fund is vastly depleted and because of this they will be moving to a new column to calculate the rates. The current rates are being calculated from column B. The state currently has 6 columns to choose from in assigning rates. This year there is talk of moving to the furthest column, which will provide the maximum rates.

 Example:

If your current Employer Reserve ratio is between 4.00% and 5.00% you are currently paying 2.6% of your taxable wages into the unemployment fund over the last year. If your taxable wage base is $1,000,000 that would equate to $26,000. This ratio was chosen from column B.

Under the new proposed rating system if your Employer Reserve ratio is exactly the same, between 4.00% and 5.00%, your new rate could be chosen from column E+10. That would put your rate at 4.10%.

This is a 57% increase.

You will now be paying $41,000 into the unemployment reserve fund over the next year.

 Again, the actual table the state will be using has not been finalized but with the depletion of the current reserve balances, this option is being considered. Should they choose not to use the maximum rate, the next options could be:

Column C…3.1% ($31,000)

Column D..  3.4% ($34,000) 

Column E… 3.7% ($37,000).

Either way, your taxes are going up.

This would be a good time to validate if your current rate is correct!

Unemployment is the 2nd highest government mandated employer tax, yet no one seems to question it.

It is the only tax that you have the opportunity to control what amount you pay each year.

Is your rate correct?

The state of New Jersey has a 10% error rate in the payment of claims. This means that your rate may be incorrect.

The US Department of Labor states that if your company has been involved in a merger or acquisition in the last 3 years, there is a 50% chance that you have been assigned an incorrect rate.

We offer a free analysis of your current rate and we can also provide projections as to what your rate may be in the up coming tax year.

For more information email george@hbsadvantage or call 856-857-1230.

Overpayment of employment taxes happens more than you think.

Prepare for a merger, acquisition, divestiture or restructuring
As part of planning for anyone of these major events, one needs to consider the employment tax consequences of these events.  Your range of rights and options to optimize your employment tax account are influenced by the timing of the event and what steps you take in advance to secure your rights.  Steps you make in corporate structure can have a tremendous effect on your employment taxation.  Analyze your options up front and execute the appropriate strategy to optimize your taxes.

For the above strategies, your state (NY 888-899-8810 / NJ 609-292-1730 / CT 860-566-1018) and/or federal agencies are available to help you better understand how these issues may influence your specific accounts.  As there are many areas of nuance in this area, please make sure to consult with a field specialist to make sure you are in compliance and correctly positioning yourself to generate cash refunds and lower tax rates.  Through strategic employment tax practices, you can improve your “asset” value of your unemployment reserves and strengthen your “cash flow” from refunds and reduced taxation.

Our Perspective:

Hutchinson Business Solutions is an independent broker that specializes in corporate financial solutions. We have worked with many corporations who recently went thru a merger or acquisition.

Did you know that the US Department of Labors states that companies who fit this profile have a 50% chance that they have been assigned the incorrect rate and that they may be overpaying unemployment taxes?

To learn more email george@hbsadvantage.com or call 856-857-1230