April 12, 2016
Governmental entities are required to pay for unemployment claims in one of two ways:
You pay this tax in advance, at a set rate, based on your wages and unemployment record. The funds go to the state’s unemployment compensation pool to pay benefits on all statewide employees. Rates are based on a combination of the overall risk of the unemployment pool and the individual employer’s experience. Any balance remaining in an employer’s account participating in the state unemployment pool is non-refundable and owned by the state.
This option is available only to governmental entities and 501(c)(3) nonprofits. It began in 1972 when a federal law recognized that these organizations, on average, pay more than their employees claim in benefits and thus subsidize higher turnover industries, such as retail and manufacturing. With this alternative, an employer is only liable for the actual amount of unemployment claims paid to former employees. Opting out of the state tax pool usually saves a lot of money – often 30 – 50% – but this choice does subject your organization to potential risks. The largest risks come from budget reductions, the triggering of extended benefit programs and unstable job markets. In effect, the law allows these organizations to self-insure their unemployment claims.
First Nonprofit Group provides more than 1,800 nonprofit organizations and governmental entities around the country with unemployment insurance at affordable rates. Click here or call 1-(800) 526-4352 to request a free, no-obligation cost savings evaluation. Evaluations include a 2017 rate projection! Click here to view the PDF.
Working with Marshal Whittey at First Nonprofit has been a great experience. He handles our request as a priority and goes above and beyond to resolve any issues we have in a timely manner. Marshall follows through to the end and ensures our needs are met. He has been a great resource for LSC and our “go to” for any tax questions we may have. With LSC transitioning several facilities into one federal tax identification number, First Nonprofit was able to assist and provide guidance with best practices resolving claims to each entity. Additionally First Nonprofit provided knowledge (information materials) and one on one training to HRS group with best practices to handle claims state adjudicated, fraudulent claims, and appeals. And processing information in the First Nonprofit [unemployment claims] system allows for timely information can be collected.
My experience with FNP has been wonderful. Unemployment in general is quite confusing and FNP has simplified the process for us. Everyone we have reached out to or worked with has been very helpful and follows up to be sure we understand the information. I am so happy we made the switch to FNP!
First Nonprofit smoothed the unemployment perils for our organization during Covid. Without the ability to cap our UI exposure, we would not have been able to weather the storm. The program worked perfectly and we have come out of the pandemic ready to forge on. Thanks FNP!
My experience with the FNP has been fantastic. The idea of setting funds aside for the unemployment tax liability is a bedrock for nonprofit organizations like mine, namely ASHBA; what is even more advantageous is having the FNP as a custodian of those funds. 100% recommended!
I would like to comment on my experience with FNP….to date our District has saved $1,000’s of dollars by being enrolled in the First Nonprofit program. My only regret is that we did not know about this method of paying unemployment tax years ago….as I had figured about five years
ago, had we enrolled 15-20 years ago, we could have saved our small school district upwards of $500,000 in payments to IDES. Also we would have had a pretty hefty sum of money in our Reserve Account. Thankfully I attended a workshop hosted by First Nonprofit back in 2015 which got the ball rolling!
I have worked with the First Non-Profit Team for many years, and I appreciate the quick response and care that Cecilia and the team provides anytime I have questions. While there are other providers that may provide like services, First Nonprofit will always be my first choice! I appreciate you!
First Nonprofit has been easy to work with and makes the administrative process easier and smoother. We enjoy working with you.
Luckily for us, our interactions regarding any issues with staffing has been very minimal! I can say that all other interactions with regards to billing, 941 reporting, etc. have been extremely pleasant, accommodating and easy to work with. Kim Ghanayem is always prompt, professional and friendly. Thank you so much!