Federal Unemployment Tax Act


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Federal Unemployment Tax Act

Commonly called FUTA. Legislation in the United States authorizing the federal government to levy an unemployment compensation tax, which pays for the unemployment insurance of the unemployed labor force. The taxes permitted under FUTA pay for the federal government's half of unemployment insurance; the other half is provided by states. However, FUTA sets up a fund from which states can borrow to pay for their half.
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During another brutal economic environment--the Great Depression--Congress enacted the Federal Unemployment Tax Act in 1935.
1, the Internal Revenue Service says employers will be required to make Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) deposits only if their accumulated tax exceeds $500.
Another law, the Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) imposes a tax on employers who employed one or more persons in "covered" employment.
Differential payments clearly constitute income under section 61 of the Internal Revenue Code and would appear to be "wages" for purposes of federal income tax withholding (FITW), Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) taxes, and Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) taxes, because the benefits are being provided based on the employee's past employment relationship with the civilian employer.
Structured properly, severance benefits are exempt from FICA, FUTA (Federal Unemployment Tax Act) and, in most regions, state unemployment insurance (SUI) taxes.
Briefly, services performed in the employ of tribes generally will no longer be subject to the Federal Unemployment Tax Act tax and, with some specified exceptions, will be required to be covered under State unemployment insurance laws.
The budget also would require employers to pay federal and state unemployment taxes monthly instead of quarterly in a given year if their FUTA (Federal Unemployment Tax Act) liability for the preceding year was at least $1,100, beginning in 2005.
Guidance for determining a worker's status is found in Sections 31.3121(d)-1, 31.3306(i)-1, and 31.3401(c)-1 of the Employment Tax Regulations, which relate to the Federal Insurance Contributions Act, the Federal Unemployment Tax Act, and federal income tax withholding, respectively.
These contributions are included in BEA's estimates of wages and salaries because the estimates are based on tabulations of the wages and salaries reported by the employers of employees covered by the Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA); beginning in 1985, employers in 32 States were required to include these contributions in wages for FUTA purposes.
Another problematic area for PEOs and their clients involves the ceiling on the annual wage base subject to Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) and Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) taxes.
For federal employment tax purposes, this issue generally relates directly to a business's liability for payroll taxes: federal income tax withholding; Social Security and Medicare (together, Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA)); and Federal Unemployment Tax Act taxes.
Under IRC section 127, the employer can deduct these educational costs, and the payment is not subject to payroll tax (Federal Insurance Contributions Act [FICA], Federal Unemployment Tax Act [FUTA], or State Unemployment Tax Act [SUTA]) or workers' compensation premiums.

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