What does the unemployment claims process look like at your company? Do you have set channels where everything goes through and a breakdown of who’s in charge? Perhaps your process is more of a loose system, and you wish you could do more.
Developing a UI Claims Process
Every organization, even if you don’t deal with unemployment frequently, should have a process in place for any claims that come in. This is imperative to make sure you aren’t overpaying or even paying to former employees who don’t qualify. If you’ve considered creating a plan, but never found the time, why not now?
Relatively speaking, the time involved is minimal compared to the headaches it could save you down the line when everything is running smoothly. There are many moving parts, and developing a system gives you insight into all of them and helps you manage UI better.
When thinking about your plan, you can approach it from a completely internal perspective or one using a third-party administrator or TPA.
Creating an Internal UI Process
One of the keys to success is minimizing employee involvement, meaning you don’t have several different people and departments trying to be a part of the process. This is how important documents and communications can get lost.
While it could be too much for one employee depending on your industry, you could elect a small group of individuals whose jobs are to monitor the claims that come in, appeal when necessary, and stay up to date on the evolving federal and state tax laws that set rates and guidelines.
Working with a TPA for Your UI Claims
Because of the work and knowledge involved with properly handling UI claims, many employers opt to partner with a TPA. This relationship means you have the support from experts in monitoring your claims, and your current workforce isn’t stretched to do additional roles.
For example, at Unemployment Tracker, we offer a full range of solutions to meet your needs, whatever they are. We understand that not every company is in the same position, and some need software, and others require a more robust consulting plan.
Our goal is to take our expertise and help you experience a higher level of control over your UI costs and unemployment paperwork. This means whatever assistance you need in your process, we can provide. Plus, it’s our job to know all the laws, so you don’t have to!
Sound interesting? Request a live demo from Unemployment Tracker today to learn more about our solutions and see our fully customizable software.
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It’s tax season! This is a busy time for both employers and employees alike as information is gathered, and taxes are filed in conjunction with both federal and state laws. It’s also the perfect time to discuss the unemployment insurance taxes and unemployment claims in tax season.
Start with the basics: Unemployment insurance is paid through employer taxes.
As an employer, you pay federal taxes quarterly based on the number of employees you have and federal tax rates. This money goes into the unemployment insurance fund that assists out-of-work employees. In order to qualify for this money, your former employees must have been let go at no fault of their own, including being laid off.
This system was set up with the Social Security Act in 1935 to avoid some of the devastation workers faced during the 1930s Great Depression in the United States. As unemployment rates rose, there was no way for people to make money, leaving many in poverty. With the Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA), a contingency system was developed. There is also State Unemployment Tax Act (SUTA), and each state has its own system and rates in place.
Reporting taxes: When does my company report FUTA tax to the IRS?
When you’re gathering other tax documents before January 31, make sure you don’t miss Form 940. This is where you will calculate the taxes you paid in the previous year, as well as what you owe now. Both the completed form and remaining balance is due by January 31.
Unemployment benefits recipients: Do I have to provide tax documents to them?
Because unemployment insurance is a form of income, it must be reported when filing taxes. The recipients of such benefits receive an IRS Form 1099-G from their state unemployment division, which means you are not involved with the process.
Still have unemployment tax questions?
This ultimate guide is still just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the comprehensive world of unemployment insurance. Fortunately, there are TPAs out there to not only assist with managing your UI claims but help you throughout the year with things like taxes and the like. Contact Unemployment Tracker today to get the UI help you need!
It’s 2020, which means technology that makes life easier is key. The constant evolution continues to connect systems and lead to faster, more effective results. We know it’s a top priority for our clients and their busy schedules, which is why we’re excited to announce we are fully integrated with UI SIDES!
What is UI SIDES?
Before you can understand the excitement behind this, you might need to know what UI SIDES actually is. Broken down, it’s the Unemployment Insurance State Information Data Exchange System. Essentially, the system communicates with different unemployment insurance agencies and transmits data to and from both companies and third-party administrators, or TPAs.
There are different levels depending on how many UI claims you manage, but essentially it helps keep track of claims across several different levels, including state lines. With this information, it’s easier to track claims and payments for former employees.
What does the integration with Unemployment Tracker mean?
We’ve been working with UI SIDES because of all the benefits, including it being a free service, the decrease in paperwork, the confirmation of receipts, and prompt responses. Understanding what a valuable service it is, we’ve broken ground for the UI SIDES Benefit Charges Exchange, which streamlines unemployment insurance processes.
How does this help you?
Basically, it’s just another way we can help deliver more control over your UI claims and ensure you aren’t overpaying. Beyond just money, it’s saving the more valuable resources of time through the integration. You can visit info.uisides.org to learn more about receiving final charge reports and the other services available.
Partner with Unemployment Tracker
While UI SIDES is a great resource, it’s just another element that adds to the different layers of unemployment insurance claims and costs. We get that it can be challenging to keep up, which is why we offer a full range of solutions to meet every need and budget. Our goal at Unemployment Tracker is to give you more control over your UI costs and ultimately save you time and money. Request a live demo today to see what that could look like for you.
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