Average Unemployment Insurance Tax Rates Decrease for Texas Employers
AUSTIN, December 9, 2015 – With the continued positive economic growth in Texas, the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) today announced the average Unemployment Insurance (UI) tax rate for all employers will be 1.46 percent for Calendar Year (CY) 2016, down from 1.54 percent in CY 2015. The average tax rate for experience-rated employers is 1.30 percent for CY 2016, and is down from 1.40 percent in CY 2015.
The minimum tax rate is paid by 292,023 employers, which represents 68.5 percent of experience-rated employers. The standard minimum UI tax rate paid by Texas employers in CY 2016 will be 0.45 percent, which is down from 0.47 percent in CY 2015. These employer-paid UI taxes replenish the Texas Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund, which provides temporary income for Texas workers who lose their jobs through no fault of their own.
An experience rating is determined by the amount of an employer’s taxable wages and the amount of UI benefits that have been paid to former employees and charged to the employer’s account for the last three years. An employer paying the standard minimum tax will pay $40.50 per employee in CY 2016 compared with $42.30 per employee in CY 2015. The maximum UI tax rate, paid by 3.9 percent of Texas employers, will be 7.47 percent, decreasing from CY 2015 at 7.49 percent.
In setting tax rates for CY 2016, TWC sought to minimize the effects of any increases and exercise the authority given to it by state law to hold the tax rates to the lowest and most predictable rates possible.
TWC is dedicated to finding ways to lower the financial impact of UI taxes on Texas employers. TWC and its 28 local workforce boards also are committed to helping UI claimants return to work as soon as possible.
The components of the CY 2016 tax rate are as follows:
2-2-2 UI Tax Rate
Through automated processes and database cross matches with state and federal agencies, TWC continues to strengthen and improve efforts to detect and prevent UI fraud. TWC pledges to continue efforts to keep taxes as low as possible and minimize the effects on Texas employers.