February 16, 2023
Iowa SUI taxable wage base increases and tax rates decrease for 2023; legislation aims to lower future SUI tax rates
Governor Reynolds and Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) announced that the SUI tax rate schedule dropped to Tax Rate Table 8, the lowest rate level in 24 years and the lowest SUI rates currently allowed under Iowa law. For 2023, the SUI tax rates range from 0% to 7.0%, a decrease from the 2022 rates of 0% to 7.5% from Tax Rate Table 7.
For 2023, new employers are subject to a rate of not less than 1.00%. New construction employers are subject to the highest rate of 7.0% for 2023.
For more information on Iowa SUI taxes, see the Department's website. For a historical listing of SUI tax rate schedules and taxable wage bases for calendar years 2003-2022, go here.
2023 wage base increased
The IWD announced that the state unemployment insurance (SUI) taxable wage base increased to $36,100 for calendar year 2023, up from $34,800 for 2022.
Legislation aims to lower SUI tax rates
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed into law HF 2355, which made several changes that are anticipated to lower future SUI tax rates; in particular, and effective July 1, 2022, the number of weeks that a claimant may collect UI benefits is reduced from 26 weeks to 16 weeks. The number of weeks that an employee laid off due to a business closure is reduced from 39 weeks to 26 weeks.
According to the bill's fiscal note, reducing the maximum allowable weeks of UI benefits from 26 weeks to 16 weeks for most claimants is estimated to decrease the amount of UI benefits paid from the state's UI trust fund by $69.2 million in FY 2023 and $70.9 million in FY 2024. Reducing from 39 weeks to 26 weeks the number of UI benefit weeks paid to claimants when employers go out of business will decrease the amount of UI benefits paid from the UI trust fund by approximately $4.6 million in FY 2023 and $4.7 million in FY 2024. These UI benefit reductions are expected to lower SUI tax rates in the future.
With the enactment of HF 2355, Iowa joins several other states (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma and South Carolina per the US Department of Labor 2022 Comparison of State Unemployment Laws) that have reduced the number of weeks of UI benefits that unemployed individuals may collect during their UI benefit year.
HF 2355 also makes the following changes to Iowa UI law:
Published by NTD’s Tax Technical Knowledge Services group; Carolyn Wright, legal editor
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