March 3, 2016
Illinois is eight months into a state budget impasse that affects nonprofits and educational institutions across the state. The severity of the impact on Illinois’ nonprofit organizations varies but for many, staff layoffs and reduced hours have been part of the plan of cutting costs while the State remains in deadlock.
Senior Services Plus, serving about 3,000 older adults a day, and Centerstone, one of the nation’s largest behavioral healthcare providers, are just two nonprofit organizations that have recently announced major changes to their operations. This past month, Senior Services Plus announced that their bus service was shutting down for the first time in 43 years and their Meals on Wheels program also cut back from five meals a week to four. On March 1st, Cornerstone will close its Big Brother Big Sisters of Southern Illinois locations, impacting youth, volunteers and supporters in five counties.
As employers look for ways to shed costs by cutting payroll, employers should expect an increase in the cost of their unemployment insurance expenses. If an employer is self-insured (directly reimbursing the State for unemployment claims), the impact will be felt as soon as the end of the quarter in which the claim starts. A single unemployment claim can range from $1,326 to $14,794. For those employers paying State Unemployment Taxes (SUTA), the financial impact will come via their 2017 Unemployment Tax Rate. Current rates range from 0.55% – 7.75%, which is equal to a cost per employee range of $71 – $1,004.
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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!
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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!