How savvy nonprofits save on state unemployment taxes

February 26, 2014

How savvy nonprofits save on state unemployment taxes

When it comes to managing costs at nonprofits, taxes can be a curveball. While nonprofits are exempt from many taxes, they must meet the obligation to state unemployment insurance. All employers pay into state unemployment pools and even organizations with no actual UI claims have yearly costs associated with the unemployment tax.

Unlike other employers, nonprofits do have the opportunity to opt out of the fund and become self-reimbursing employers. After making this decision, nonprofits can enroll in a Unemployment Savings Program or a Bonded Service Program with First Nonprofit. The programs provide benefits to a number of nonprofits.

The most significant advantage of opting out of SUI tax pools is the immediate cost savings. New members with First Nonprofit saved an average of $24,780 dollars in their first year, from 2010 to 2014. That’s an average reduction of 30 percent. Other nonprofits have saved even more.

First Nonprofit helps every step of the way
While nonprofits can become self-reimbursing employers on their own, they open themselves up to potential financial risks if unemployment at their organization suddenly spikes. The programs provided by First Nonprofit can shield organizations from these risks and provide other benefits.

With First Nonprofit’s solutions, organizations will receive assistance in the process of opting out and selecting the program that offers the most cost savings. Organizations that pay into the savings program will have an asset that they can carry on their books and one that will be returned to them should they ever decide to discontinue their membership. The ability to pay into the program in equal payments made each quarter can help a nonprofit with its budget as well.

For information on how your organization can cost-effectively meet its unemployment insurance needs, contact First Nonprofit Companies at FNCUI@firstnonprofit.com or visit www.firstnonprofitgroup.com.

 

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Testimonials

NYCON members who use First Nonprofit’s programs enjoy enduring savings and improved efficiency. Our association knows that success, because from the beginning, we achieved the same great benefits. Great savings, seamless technology, and responsive service. NYCON highly recommends First Nonprofit’s remarkable unemployment solutions.

New York Council of Nonprofits, Albany, NY

We were introduced to First Nonprofit through another housing authority. In our analysis and comparison to what we were paying the State, our first year savings was $5,800 plus. We have been with them since the end of 2008 and I am glad we have been. I consider them an arm of our HR department.

Kankakee County Housing Authority, Kankakee, IL

Because INCS advocates for the operating conditions that allow charter public schools to provide high quality public education, partnering with First Nonprofit was an easy decision. First Nonprofit’s unemployment programs provide our member schools two operating elements crucial to their ability to provide high quality public education: savings and budget certainty. Capable, committed teachers are the key to student success. By participating in the unemployment insurance savings plan, charter public schools gain peace of mind and are able to invest more money in their teachers.

Illinois Network of Charter Schools

Throughout our membership in the Unemployment Savings Program, First Nonprofit understood our demands, community dynamics, and the importance of seamless services; that allowed us to serve our constituents better.

Hugh Parry, Retired President of Prevent Blindness America