Nonprofits approaching deadline for unemployment insurance savings

October 10, 2013

Nonprofits approaching deadline for unemployment insurance savings

Nonprofits in most states are quickly approaching the deadline to opt out of their state unemployment insurance tax programs, which are becoming a financial drain on many employers. In California, where federal loan debts for UI have hovered around $9 billion in recent months, employers could see increases for years to come. Likewise, New York currently has an outstanding loan balance of around $2.7 billion, according to Investor's Business Daily.

While nonprofits and governmental organizations have long had the option to opt out of state UI systems, the Great Recession's unprecedented strain on the system makes now a more important time than ever before to do so. Even states like Illinois, where federal loan debt has been repaid with the issuance of municipal bonds, nonprofits can still save an average of 53 percent on UI costs.

Alternatives to state UI pools available 
The savings for nonprofits and governmental organizations are the result of tax law that allows such entities to reimburse the state only for the amount specifically paid to former employees. In state UI pools, all employers pay in at a specified tax rate, which continues to increase in states with federal loan debt, and the contributions are not proactively reduced if a company's employees collect less than was paid into state funding pools.

The reimbursing financing method is an excellent tool for nonprofits and governmental organizations experiencing financial pressure following the Great Recession to cut avoidable costs. The written request to individual state unemployment agencies for most other states falls on Nov. 30 to elect to opt out of the state program for 2014. California, Illinois, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York and Wisconsin all have until Dec.31. New Jersey, Oklahoma and Oregon have until Jan. 31, 2014; Tennessee nonprofits have until May 31, 2014.

Self-insuring to cover unemployment does come with risks and is not the right choice for all nonprofits and governmental organizations. Groups such as First Nonprofit offer savings programs for nonprofits that wish to take advantage of the self-reimbursement option and can help file the necessary paperwork with state agencies. First Nonprofit can help your organization decide if opting out of the state UI tax program is the right choice and manage future paperwork associated with UI claims.

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