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For employers affected by the coronavirus pandemic, Governor DeWine has issued an executive order that waives late-reporting and late-payment penalties for the duration of the pandemic, which began on Sunday, March 15. Employers will need to request the waiver if a late report or payment is a result of the pandemic. This waiver will apply to reports and payments for the first quarter of 2020, which will be due April 30, 2020. Because the reports are used to calculate benefits for affected workers, employers are urged to file them on time, if at all possible, throughout the state of emergency, even if they are unable to pay their unemployment tax. Thank you to all employers who are able to pay their first-quarter 2020 payments on time. Employer payments are deposited into Ohio's Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund and used to pay benefits to unemployed workers.
Ohio offers two options for online filing: the Ohio Business Gateway at gateway.ohio.gov or the Employer Resource Information Center (ERIC) at eric.ohio.gov. ERIC allows employers and third-party administrators to manage all their business related to unemployment insurance online, including registering new businesses, filing quarterly reports, and making tax payments. The Gateway allows Ohio employers to file and pay their unemployment insurance taxes, as well as other state taxes, online.
Ohio will soon have a new unemployment insurance system: The SOURCE (State of Ohio Unemployment Resource for Claimants and Employers). The SOURCE will provide a user-friendly, self-service experience, tailored to meet the needs of employers and claimants alike.
For more information,
go to http://jfs.ohio.gov/ouio/TheSOURCE/index.stm.
The Internal Revenue Service launched a new online assistant designed to help employers, especially small
businesses, easily determine the right amount of federal income tax to withhold from their workers' pay. Known as the
Income Tax Withholding Assistant for Employers, this new spreadsheet-based tool is designed to help
employers easily transition to the redesigned withholding system (no longer based on withholding allowances),
which went into effect on Jan. 1.
More information about the Income Tax Withholding Assistant for Employers, the redesigned 2020 Form W-4, and other tax topics of interest to employers and small businesses can be found on IRS.gov.
Effective the first quarter of 2020, Ohio employers will pay state unemployment taxes on the first $9,000 in actual (not prorated) wages paid to each of their covered employees. Payments for the first quarter of 2020 will be due April 30. Employers with questions can call (614) 466-2319.
ODJFS works hard to reduce improper payments, but we can't do it alone. If you are an employer, please respond accurately and timely to all agency requests for information. Doing so will help reduce improper payments and could also lower your unemployment tax rate.