How is virginia SUTA (state unemployment tax) calculated?
I'm a new employer in Virginia with an experience rate of 2.5% and i gather that the base wage for the unemployment tax is 8000$. If i have 4 quarters with 10,000 in wages each quarter, i.e a total of 40,000 for the year. Will i be paying 2.5% of 8000 in each quarter? i.e. 4 payments of $200 each. or. show more I'm a new employer in Virginia with an experience rate of 2.5% and i gather that the base wage for the unemployment tax is 8000$.
If i have 4 quarters with 10,000 in wages each quarter, i.e a total of 40,000 for the year.
Best Answer: You are absolutely correct in sayng that the VEC website provides very little information. The taxable wage base in Virginia is the first $8,000 that each employee earns per year. You are correct in stating that you pay on the first 8000. Therefore, if you manage to have very low turnover, it is less expensive for the Employer. If, for example, you pay 20 employees 2000/year
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I hope you really got an experience rate of 2.5%. The lowest I ever saw was 2.69%. You also have to make sure you have work for the employee, so, if the employee walks out and attempts to collect unemployment, you do not have to pay. I saw one rate go from 2.69% to 5.10%. Also, if you can avoid having to cut hours, that will help, also. Although not as expensive, it will still cost if the employee files for partial unemployment.
It really IS confusing, so I have included the e-mail of Mrs. Suetta Freeman - who I have had the pleasure to meet - as you probably will have more questions. The computers are connected throughtout the state now, hence, if you mail your payments in, they will find it. Call a couple days later to confirm they received it. I say "mail" because I do not like paying online.