SUTA (state unemployment tax assessment) or SUI (state unemployment insurance) is charged by every State to businesses to cover unemployment claims. Every business is rated on their claims and given a base rate that they must pay to stay out of legal hot water with their State.
But, what are cutoff’s? Once you have paid a particular employee a certain amount of pay over the course of the year, the SUTA is cutoff. For example, in the State of California, once you have paid an employee $7,000 in one year, you no longer have to pay unemployment taxes on that employee. The cutoff point varies from State to State.
How does a PEO handle this? It varies from PEO to PEO. Some honor cutoffs…some ignore them entirely. Others smooth out your SUTA rate over the year. So you may see a SUTA rate billed at a fraction of what you would normally expect…but it is likely that you will continue to pay that rate for the full year.
You should check with your PEO or HR Outsourcing provider to see how they handle cutoffs.
We are often perplexed by companies that come to us looking for a solution and seem to be under the misguided perception that PEO (professional employer organization), sometimes referred to as employee leasing, would mean a loss of control.
On the contrary, PEO allows business owners to know exactly, to the penny, how much their total labor burden is or will be.
Currently, their payroll processing, benefits costs and risk management are in differing departments or services. With PEO, it all comes together, neat and tidy. The rates charged, plus benefits, are already pre-negotiated. In addition, the employer risk is shifted entirely to the PEO. Meaning, if there is a workers comp claim or unemployment claim or workplace tort for harrasment or wrongful termination, that responsibility all falls upon the PEO.