Urgent Payroll Tax Update
March 15, 2012: Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry has issued erroneous 2012 PA Unemployment Compensation Tax Contribution Rate Notices.
Recently, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry mailed 2012 Unemployment Contribution (UC) Rate Notices to employers. The Department of Labor and Industry has indicated that a significant number of these new UC rate notices contain an erroneous 3% delinquency rate. This error is mostly due to problems with the conversion from the E-Tides electronic filing system to the UCMS (Unemployment Compensation Management System) electronic filing system.
The Department of Labor and Industry is aware of and has acknowledged these errors on its website. The Department has indicated that it will attempt to self-correct many of these erroneous rates.
In addition, the Department has suggested the following actions to correct the error:
• If you believe you received a delinquency rate in error, please contact the Employer Helpline at 866-403-6163. Staff will review the account and address the problem. A revised rate notice will be mailed within a few days of the resolution.
• If you do not receive a revised rate notice by March 30, 2012, please contact the Employer Helpline at 866-403-6163.
Alternatively, a Contribution Rate Appeal may be filed within 90 days of the date of the employer’s notice. The last date for appeal is listed on each contribution rate notice. The written appeal is simply a letter stating the request to appeal the UC Delinquency rate and should be mailed to the following address:
UC Tax Review Office
Suite 1113, Labor & Industry Building
651 Boas Street
Harrisburg, PA 17121
When the appeal is received the Department of Labor and Industry will review the account and issue a revised rate notice for 2012.
Please note that is important to timely correct an erroneous rate. The Department of Labor and Industry is advising employers that until a revised rate notice is issued, the employer must file at the rate indicated on the original 2012 Contribution Rate Notice (even if this is an incorrect rate). If an appeal is not filed timely, the employer will be required to use the erroneous rate for the entire calendar year.
Please contact us if you have questions regarding this update or need assistance appealing an incorrect UC contribution rate.