Only Virgin Islands employers are subject to FUTA credit reduction in 2018
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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Only Virgin Islands employers are subject to FUTA credit reduction in 2018

By Payroll and Entitlements Editorial Staff

Sections 3302(c)(2)(A) and 3302(d)(3) of the Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) provide that employers in a state that has outstanding advances under Title XII of the Social Security Act on January 1 of two or more consecutive years are subject to a reduction in credits otherwise available against the FUTA tax for the calendar year in which the most recent such January 1 occurs, if advances remain on November 10 of that year. Further, Section 3302(c)(2)(C) of the FUTA provides for an additional credit reduction for a year if a state has outstanding advances on five or more consecutive January firsts and has a balance on November 10 for such years. That section also provides for waiver of this additional credit reduction and substitution of the credit reduction provided in Section 3302(c)(2)(B) if a state meets certain conditions.

This year, California and the United States Virgin Islands were potentially liable for the additional credit reduction under Section 3302(c)(2)(C) of the FUTA and applied for the available waiver. The DOL determined that both met all of the criteria of the section necessary to qualify for the waiver of the additional credit reduction. Further, the additional credit reduction of Section 3302(c)(2)(B) is zero for California and the Virgin Islands for 2018. California repaid its outstanding advances prior to November 10, 2018; hence there will be no FUTA credit reduction for that state's employers. Employers in the Virgin Islands also will have no additional credit reduction applied for calendar year 2018. However, as a result of having outstanding advances on each January 1 from 2010 through 2018, as well as on November 10, 2018, employers in the Virgin Islands are subject to a FUTA credit reduction of 2.4 percent in 2018 (83 Fed. Reg. 59418, November 23, 2018; see, also, 2018 Form 940;2018 Form 940, Schedule A).

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