May 24, 2023
501(c)(3) nonprofit, governmental, and tribal entities are all exempt from paying Federal Unemployment Taxes (FUTA). However, in Illinois, most employers are required to pay state unemployment taxes (SUTA), with only religious entities that operate exclusively for religious purposes exempt from Illinois SUTA. But the following organizations have a unique savings option for paying SUTA:
– Nonprofits: Organizations that are exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
– Native American Indian tribes: Tribes and their wholly owned businesses
– Government entities: Government entities such as federal, state, and local government agencies
These entities can cover their mandatory unemployment costs in one of two ways: paying the state unemployment insurance tax (SUTA) or choosing reimbursement financing (self-insurance). The latter option is a legal right allowing these organizations to opt out of paying SUI taxes and to reimburse their state unemployment agency dollar-for-dollar for unemployment claims paid to former employees.
Though opting out of paying SUTA can save employers money in the short term, a well-thought-out strategic plan should accompany the decision to change unemployment financing and how to pay for future unemployment in order to limit claim liability. First Nonprofit (FNP) helps nonprofit employers utilize this option with the Illinois Department of Employment Security, which can save organizations as much as 50% annually! Contact FNP to help determine reimbursement financing eligibility. Click here to request a free, no-obligation savings evaluation on your organization’s unemployment costs.
First Nonprofit has saved us so much money over the state’s program. We had one little glitch with the state recently and we contacted FNP immediately. FNP staff called us back immediately and moved to remedy the problem.
First Nonprofit has been a great partner. They have helped us saved hundreds of thousands of dollars! They have awesome resources for our nonprofit organization. Thanks for the partnership.
Life is certainly busy these days but having business partners like First Nonprofit has made some of the process hassle free. We have worked with this team for years. When we changed payroll systems, they outlined every step. I think this team is terrific and I know they get the job done! Thank you, Cruz, to all the team at FNP.
FNP has helped our agency to save thousands of dollars every year on our unemployment coverage. The service is phenomenal, and we are thankful to their team as our partner. My experience working with Marshall on the advocacy around UE for nonprofits was also a highlight as someone who teaches advocacy and lobbying for nonprofits. Really, your whole team is top shelf, so thank YOU!
Chicago Children’s Theatre has greatly benefited from our partnership with First Nonprofit, and I have always enjoyed working with the staff on our filings and any complicated questions. I would not hesitate to recommend First Nonprofit to fellow nonprofits. We’re very happy customers.
FNP is a great resource for Daniel Kids. To have a TPA that we can count on to take point on not only managing our unemployment claims, but to support and guide any protest hearing, is invaluable. All the professional support staff we have worked with have been excellent, very knowledgeable and responsive. We are grateful for the help and support, thank you.
When I first began in my position at my organization, I hadn’t had experience working with a company like FNP. The staff was so patient and helpful in helping to explain the benefits of First Nonprofit. Anytime I reach out with a question I receive a quick, clear, and thorough response. I’m so thankful that we decided to partner with FNP. Their excellence in customer service, coupled with their variety of packages frees us up to truly serve our staff and community with a peace of mind knowing that our organization is protected against unanticipated unemployment insurance expenses.
First Nonprofit gets an A+ in my book. You are so easy to work with & very knowledgeable! Whether it is my quarterly correspondence with Kim or my random interactions with Dawn about a bond … I am so pleased that I get to work with such a helpful company. Thank you!