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Which Employers Are Liable For Unemployment Tax?

In general, if you have people working one or more days in each of 13 weeks during a calendar year, or if you pay wages of $1,500 or more in any calendar quarter, you are liable for contributions. The weeks of employment need not be consecutive, nor must the employees remain the same.

As an agricultural employer, you are subject to the law if you paid total cash wages of $20,000 or more in any calendar quarter, or you employed 10 or more individuals on any day in each of 20 weeks in a calendar year.

If you employ domestic workers and paid $1,000 or more in cash wages in any calendar quarter, you are liable. This category includes private homeowners, clubs, college fraternities and sororities.

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