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Unusual FUTA Tax Increases May Apply in 2014

The Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) tax rate is normally 0.6% of wages paid up to a limit of $7,000 per employee, or $42 per worker per year. FUTA tax is payable in January of the following calendar year with Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Form 940. However, due to a special "Benefit Cost Ratio" or BCR add-on tax employers in affected states and the U.S. Virgin Islands may pay an increased FUTA tax rate in January 2015. As a review of FUTA taxes, for-profit employers pay federal and state unemployment insurance tax based on taxable wages paid to employees. The FUTA tax rate is normally 6.0%, but typically includes a credit of 5.4% for payment of state unemployment taxes. This makes the

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