Most states have released their state unemployment insurance (SUI) taxable wage bases for 2019. State Unemployment Insurance Taxable Wage Bases 2016-2019
Following the Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) scheme, SUI contributions (taxes) are determined by applying a certain percentage to the taxable wages paid by the employer. FUTA requires that each state’s taxable wage base must at least equal the FUTA taxable wage base of $7,000 per employee, and most states have wage bases that exceed the required amount. The states use various formulas for determining their taxable wage base, with a few tying theirs by law to the FUTA wage base and others using a percentage of the state’s average annual wage.