$2M in Unemployment Benefits go to Inmates in Missouri. Wait…What?!

22% of nonprofits are unaware of a critical piece of federal legislation that allows them to opt out of their state tax-rated unemployment system and pay only for their own unemployment claims, found the Division of Nonprofit Research at UST in its most comprehensive market research study to-date.

This option, which has been available exclusively to 501(c)(3) organizations since 1972, allows nonprofits to stop over paying into their state tax-rated system and offers substantial long-term savings for those employers who choose to become direct, or self-, reimbursing agencies.

“Our state has increased its costs to most employers so I’m shocked that not all nonprofits are looking at this option,” said one study participant who has already opted out of their state unemployment insurance system.

By opting out of the state tax-rated system, which typically causes employers to pay $2.00 in taxes for every $1.00 in actual benefits that is paid to their former employees, most nonprofits are able to save money and do significantly more with their budget.

“It wasn’t until after my first full year with UST that I started to believe it was not too good to be true. We received our audit and a refund and I thought ‘Wow, we really have a credit here,’” wrote another study participant.

Offering valuable savings in both the short and long-term, opting out of the state system does have several drawbacks for agencies that elect to become direct reimbursing without joining a trust like UST or other program.
 

  • Cash flow volatility when unexpected claims arise
  • State overpayments made in error
  • Difficulty in monitoring for fraudulent claims

“I’m always looking to save money and get more services for my clients,” said one nonprofit HR consultant, “I push the idea of UST for giving them an added resource. [With UST] They’ll have somebody on their side who can help them.”

To read the online press release about the Division’s findings, go here.

All information and quoted materials were pulled from a study conducted at UST, which was released at the end of the 1st quarter of 2012. The study surveyed almost 300 nonprofit agencies to identify key data about how nonprofits understand and utilize their unemployment tax options

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