Pennsylvania nonprofits have a valuable learning opportunity coming soon

August 26, 2014

Pennsylvania nonprofits have a valuable learning opportunity coming soon

Many nonprofit organizations in Pennsylvania have had to contend with increased unemployment and the associated increased costs in the wake of the Great Recession. With economic recovery happening at a slow, but steady pace, charitable groups should consider the available alternatives to paying the state unemployment tax (SUTA). By declaring themselves a reimbursing employer and selecting an effective savings or insurance program, nonprofits in the Keystone State can have more control over the money used to pay out jobless claims. Instead of simply losing the money to the state unemployment fund, organizations can keep more of their hard-earned revenue.

Because of recent changes to the unemployment benefit structure in the state, as well as to tax rates and related calculations, it's important to understand how financial obligations for nonprofits related to SUTA will play out. One particularly significant statistic is the growing cost of per-employee coverage under the state collection formula, which has gone up approximately 65 percent since 2009. This translates to an increase of nearly $200 per staff member, which is simply lost to taxes if a nonprofit has a low level of unemployment claims during a given time period. The growing cost of paying into the state's unemployment fund means nonprofits need to consider other options.

Excess Loss Insurance, Unemployment Savings Programs and more
On average, nonprofits pay more into SUTA funds than what is paid out for jobless benefits. To combat the loss of money that's extremely valuable to nonprofits in terms of both operating budget and the continuation of programs, organizational leaders should take advantage of a valuable – and free – educational webinar that's being offered exclusively to charitable groups in Pennsylvania on September 12 from 10 to 11 a.m. First Nonprofit Group has partnered with the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations to present state-specific information about the current unemployment landscape, as well as safe, money-saving alternatives to paying SUTA. Organizations that have already elected to directly reimburse jobless claims from former employees can also benefit from attending the session

Signing up for the event, which can be attended from the comfort of one's own office, is simple. The web form for registration is available by following this link and call-in registration is available by dialing 800-526-4352. For just one hour of time, nonprofits can learn how to save a significant amount of money – often thousands of dollars – per year.

Content presented by First Nonprofit Group, the leading provider of state unemployment insurance solutions for 501(c)(3) nonprofit employers.


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