Federal Unemployment (FUTA) Credit Reduction, how to handle in Microsoft Dynamics GP.

The Federal Unemployment (FUTA) credit reduction with relation to specific states seems to be getting more popular in 2012 with about 20 states participating in the credit.

The Department of Labor released a list of 2012 FUTA "credit-reduction" states.  Employers in these 20 states and the Virgin Islands will experience associated tax increases. 
The standard FUTA rate is 6.0% on the first $7000 of wages. Employers in most states receive a credit of 5.4% against the rate, resulting in a net tax rate of 0.6%.  However, some states had Federal Unemployment Trust Fund loans - taken to keep their unemployment insurance benefit programs solvent during recent periods of extended high unemployment - that were still outstanding. As a result, these states will have their FUTA credit amount reduced for 2012 filing as a way to recover the funds still owed to pay back these loans, resulting, as noted, in higher taxes for employers in those states.
Instead of the standard 5.4% credit allowed, employers in these states will have a reduced credit of 5.1% for 2012 making their FUTA tax rate 0.9%:

Arkansas       Minnesota               Pennsylvania
California       Missouri                  Rhode Island
Connecticut   North Carolina         Virginia
Florida           New Jersey              Virgin Islands
Georgia         Nevada                    Wisconsin
Illinois            New York                   
Kentucky       Ohio                             

Employers in the following state will have their credit reduced from 5.4% to 4.8% for 2012 making the FUTA tax rate 1.2%.

Employers in the following state will have their credit reduced from 5.4% to 4.5% for 2012 making the FUTA tax rate 1.5%.

The Credit Reduction only applies to employers who pay SUI wages to the states listed above.  All other employers will receive the full FUTA credit of 5.4%.


Depending how largely this will affect you as a customer, there are a couple of options.  There have been no changes implemented in the product to compensate for this.

Couple of workarounds:
1. Set the employees in that state, example MI, in a special class, then run the FUTA report by this class with the higher rate.
You are able to run the FUTA report by class from within Microsoft Dynamics GP.
Then run the rest of your employee at the lower rate

2. Add an “additional” FUTA amount to the state SUTA window (an additional percentage, since it is a state by state).  Then adding the additional amount to the specific line on the 940. 

If your company is running payroll for several of the states and you want to look at a more sophisticated solution that will meet your needs, I have talked with Greenshades.
They have applied these changes to their e-file to calculate the state specific reduced FUTA credit for the reduction states.
Below is their contact information:
Greenshades Software

 Thanks Terry Heley

Comments (2)

  1. Chester says:

    For the state included in the credit reduction list, what will be the 2012 rates? Will I just follow the 2011 rates or revert the rate to .6% until a new rate is announced November 2012?

  2. That is correct Chester and if you are uncertain on the state, you can check with them as well.  Thanks!

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