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Under the Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) and state laws, employers are obligated to pay payroll taxes to provide unemployment compensation to employees who lose their jobs.

FUTA sets the federal tax rate, while the state tax rate varies by state. By understanding how the system works, you may be able to cut your state tax rate through efficient claims control.

The joint federal/state program on unemployment insurance (UI) originated in the Social Security Act of 1935. The system is financed almost exclusively by a payroll tax on employers. No taxes are withheld from employees’ paychecks.

Workers are eligible to receive unemployment benefits if they have become unemployed through no fault of their own and are physically and mentally able to work. While drawing unemployment, workers must make themselves available for work and must actively seek a job. In most states, 26 weeks is the maximum payment period for an unemploy...(register to read more)

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