Wisconsin employers may see drop in unemployment taxes

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin employers could see another drop in unemployment insurance taxes in 2017 due to an improved economy and employer-friendly changes in the system.

Wisconsin's unemployment insurance trust fund had a $1.3 billion deficit in 2010 following the Great Recession. Gov. Scott Walker's office said Tuesday it now sits at a $1 billion balance.

That means employers who pay taxes into the fund can likely pay less next year for the second consecutive year.

According to a news release, last year's lower tax schedule saves employers $97 million annually. Next year's projected change would save them another $38 million annually. Some employers might not see any decrease, while others will see a larger decrease, depending on how much they use the fund. The annual savings would average about $1,000 per employer.



 
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