UI Tax RatesUnemployment Insurance Tax Rates
Variable Taxable Wage Base
Tennessee’s unemployment insurance taxable wage base is currently $8,000. The effective taxable wage base varies based on the balance in the Unemployment Trust Fund each June 30 and December 31.
|Calendar Year||Taxable Wage Base|
Factors Affecting Your Premium Rate
Tennessee is one of 31 states that use the reserve-ratio formula to determine employer premium rates.
The reserve ratio is the balance in an employer’s UI account (premiums paid less benefits paid for all years liable) divided by their average taxable payroll for the three most recent years.
The reserve ratio is calculated annually as a measure of the employer’s potential liability for benefits. The employer Premium Rate Chart is then used to convert the reserve-ratio to a premium rate. A higher reserve ratio generally means a lower unemployment insurance premium rate. The employer’s reserve ratio is effective for a four quarter unemployment insurance tax year beginning each July 1.
Why Did the Applicable Tax Table Change?
The balance found in the unemployment insurance Trust Fund on June 30 and December 31 of each year determines which one of six premium rate tables will be applicable for the following six-month period.
The premium rate charts and fund trigger dates are provided under T.C.A. 50-7-403.
Determination of Rate Table in Effect
The balance of the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund on June 30 and December 31 determines which of six Premium Rate Charts shall be used to determine Premium Rates for the following six month period. The grid below shows which Premium Rate Table was in effect for the specified period.
|July 1, 2016||6|
|January 1, 2016||6|
|July 1, 2015||6|
|January 1, 2015||5|
|July 1, 2014||6|
|January 1, 2014||5|
|July 1, 2013||5|
|January 1, 2013||3|