Tax Department Quarterly Announcements

Overview

This page contains information about programs and services that can benefit your business.

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2nd Quarter 2015

Information  Available to Texas Employers


The Texas Workforce Commission’s (TWC) website located at: http://www.twc.state.tx.us/  contains information you as an employer can use to help make your business more successful.  Information is available about:

Unemployment Tax:  Learn about unemployment tax and review tax publications and news.

Unemployment Claim Management & Appeals:  Find tools to help manage your unemployment benefits claims. Learn more about contesting a chargeback and your rights and responsibilities for unemployment issues. Find out how to file and prepare for an appeal.

Employment Law: Discrimination, Wages & Child Labor: Find answers to questions and concerns about compliance with workplace, housing and other discrimination laws. Learn how to respond to complaints.

Expand Your Business:  Get the resources you need to start or expand your business in Texas. Find workforce experts, start-up and business resources, basic federal tax information and more.

Labor Market Information: Find labor market information for the Texas economy and workforce.  Obtain current economic news and numbers. Learn from labor market experts about the regional outlook and economic development trends.

For Small Businesses: Learn about workforce resources specifically designed to help Texas businesses with fewer than 100 employees compete in the global economy.

Texas Business Conferences:  A series of employer seminars held each year throughout the state. Employers who attend the seminars learn about state and federal employment laws and the unemployment claim and appeal process. We assemble our best speakers to guide you through ongoing matters of concern to Texas employers and to answer any questions you have regarding your business.  Upcoming conferences are June 19, 2015 in Lubbock; July 24, 2015 in Lake Jackson; August 7, 2015 in Waco; and August 21, 2015 in San Antonio

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1st Quarter 2015

Tax Report Due Dates

Texas has almost 500,000 employers filing reports and paying taxes each quarter. Employers are encouraged to file as early as possible.

For Wages Paid During Calendar Quarter Ends Report Due Date Penalties Accrue After
Jan, Feb, Mar March 31 April 1 April 30
April, May, Jun June 30 July 1 July 31
Jul, Aug, Sep September 30 October 1 October 31
Oct, Nov, Dec December 31 January 1 January 31

If the due date for a report or tax payment falls on Saturday, Sunday or a legal holiday on which Texas Workforce Commission offices are closed, reports and payments are considered timely if they are received on or before the following business day.

Reminder – Only employers with granted electronic hardship waivers can submit reports and payments by mail.

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4th Quarter 2014

Worker Misclassification Penalty

Effective January 1, 2014, a penalty will be imposed on any employer who contracts for services with a governmental entity and who fails to properly classify their workers. This penalty applies to subcontractors as well.

Contractors and subcontractors who fail to properly classify individuals performing work under a governmental contract will be penalized $200 for each misclassified worker. Governmental entities may want to include information about the misclassification penalty in their contracts with entities that are providing services covered by this new requirement.

The Texas Workforce Commission’s document “Employment Status – A Comparative Approach” uses a 20-point comparative approach to assist employers with proper worker classification. The document can serve as a guide in determining if a worker is an employee or an independent contractor. It can be found at: http://www.twc.state.tx.us/ui/tax/forms/c8.pdf

If you have questions about the worker misclassification penalty or about proper classification of your workers, please contact your nearest Texas Workforce Commission Tax office. A list of all local Tax offices can be found at: http://www.twc.state.tx.us/ui/tax/unemployment-tax-contacts.html

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3rd Quarter 2014

Want a quick win?

Everyone likes quick wins. Here are three easy actions you can take to help reduce your unemployment tax rates and protect the integrity of the unemployment benefits program.

Report new hires immediately to the state Attorney General’s (AG) office. The AG’s office uses this information to locate parents who should be paying child support and TWC uses the same information to cut down on claimant fraud and overpayments. Report the date your employee started work as the new hire date. To report, go to www.employer.oag.state.tx.us or call 1-888-TEX-Hire (839-4473).

Respond promptly and completely to a notice that a former employee has applied for unemployment benefits. We need your detailed separation information to make the right decision about paying benefits. Your notice tells you how to respond online, by telephone or by mail.

Respond promptly to an earnings information request. We reduce the claimant’s weekly benefits by the amount of money the claimant earned. You can respond online or by mail. Instructions are on the form.

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