Pennsylvania's 2010 Contribution Rates Increase for Many Companies


By Jeffrey Wlahofsky

The PA Department of Labor & Industry mailed the 2010 contribution rate notices to PA employers during the last few weeks. Many of the notices may have significant rate increases as a result of the unemployment benefits paid the last few years and the employer’s history.

As a result of this rate increase, PA employers will have a significant tax increase on their 2010 1st quarter PA unemployment report. If this payment results in a hardship, the PA Department of Labor & Industry is allowing PA employers to enter into a payment plan. The plan that was provided is a follows:

1) The 2010 unemployment reports be timely filed,
2) The payment for the 1st quarter can be paid over a 10 month period
beginning in April of 2010,
3) The 2nd, 3rd and 4th quarter payments must be timely paid.

The taxpayer will not be penalized for entering into a payment plan, but will be assessed interest at a rate of 7½%.

In order to enter into a payment plan, employers should contact their local Department of Labor & Industry office.

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