Chapter 7 – FUTA explained
Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA)
The Federal Unemployment Tax Act, with state unemployment
systems, provides for payments of unemployment compensation to
workers who have lost their jobs. FUTA tax is an employer tax only,
and is not deducted from the employee’s wages.
The tax rate for federal unemployment taxes is 6.2 percent of covered
wages, which includes a 0.2 percent surtax. The rate is in effect
through 2007. The taxes are assessed on the first $7,000.00 paid to
covered employees each year.
The law provides a credit for state unemployment taxes paid. This
credit permits employers to deduct timely state contributions from
federal unemployment taxes due. With the maximum credit allowed,
the net federal rate for unemployment taxes is 0.8 percent through
2007, 0.6 percent in 2008 and thereafter.