New Mexico 2017 SUI Tax Rates


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The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions announced that the 2017 state unemployment insurance (SUI) taxable wage base will increase to $24,300, up from $24,100 for 2016.

According to the Department, revised state unemployment insurance (SUI) tax rates for the third and fourth quarters of 2016 will be issued in November 2016, as the result of legislation enacted earlier this year. Employers affected by the change will have their accounts credited for any overpaid amount for the third quarter, the amount of which may be applied against future SUI taxes or requested as a refund.

New Mexico 2017 SUI tax rates will also be issued in November.

Find all the necessary information on SUI taxable wage bases and tax rates to remain compliant and reduce costs.

Changed SUI Rate Computation

HB 283 will reduce many experience-rated employers’ SUI tax rates for the third and fourth quarter 2016 and beyond by adding an experience history factor to the rate calculation formula.

Effective for the calendar year 2017, an additional reserve factor will be added to the computation of SUI tax rates that will reduce many employers’ tax rates. The reserve factor will be multiplied by an experience history factor, computed as all of the employer’s previous contributions, minus all of the employer’s benefit charges, to equal the reserve balance, divided by the average of the last three fiscal years of taxable payroll, and then applied to a schedule.

The bill requires that experience-rated employers’ SUI tax rates for 2016 be recomputed using the new formula for the third and fourth quarters of 2016, effective July 1 through December 31, 2016.

This is not a retroactive change to the beginning of the calendar year. New employer tax rates will not change, and the minimum New Mexico 2017 SUI tax rates will remain at 0.33% and the maximum rate before adding the excess claims premium at 5.4%.

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State Unemployment Insurance in 2019

The wage base is $24,800 for 2019 and for 2018 it was $24,200. Rates range from 0.33% to 5.4% for 2019 and 2018.

New contributing employers will have a rate that is greater than their industry average Unemployment Insurance Contribution rate or 1% for 1029 and 2018. To find the industry average, employers need to visit the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions.

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Editor’s Note: This post has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

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