The Florida Department of Revenue mailed unemployment compensation tax rate notices in December, and the first payments are due March 31. The minimum tax rate for 2011 is .0103, or $72.10 per employee, a nearly three-fold increase over the minimum tax paid in 2010. The maximum rate remains 5.4 percent, or $378 per employee.
According to the National Federation of Independent Business/Florida, much of the increase comes from “socialized” costs paid by all employers for unemployed workers from companies already at the maximum rate and those that have gone out of business.
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