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Each quarter, all employers subject to Massachusetts unemployment law must pay contributions to the Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA.) Once you submit your quarterly employment and wage detail report, UI Online will calculate your quarterly amount due for unemployment insurance (UI) contributions, EMAC/UHI, and Workforce Training Fund. The contributions are calculated using your assigned rates multiplied by your quarterly taxable wages. The 2017 Taxable Wage Base is $15,000.
Most Massachusetts employers must pay UI contributions if:
It is not necessary that the weeks of employment be consecutive, or that the employees remain the same.
You must pay Ul contributions if:
You must pay Ul contributions if you paid domestic workers (including nurses and personal care attendants) $1,000 or more in cash wages in any calendar quarter. Domestic employers includes private homeowners, clubs, colleges, fraternities, and sororities.
Unemployment insurance contributions are used to fund the unemployment insurance program in Massachusetts.
2017 Contribution Rates
In the fourth year of subjectivity, businesses receive a true experience rating using the formula prescribed by law.
Employers pay a maximum EMAC rate of 0.34% in 2017. EMAC is used to help fund health insurance programs in the Commonwealth.
Employers are subject to a 0.056% contribution rate in 2017. The Workforce Training Fund provides training grants to Massachusetts businesses for incumbent worker training.
Interest will accrue on unpaid principal balance at the rate of 12% per year from the quarter due date until fully paid.