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How Are My Tax Rates Determined?

Maryland employers are assigned one of three different types of tax rate: the new account rate, the standard rate, or the experience (earned) rate.

  • New Account Rate

    “New Employer” means an employing unit that does not qualify for an earned rate. The tax rate for a new employer will be the average of the rates for all employers in the State during the last five years. Construction companies headquartered in another state will be assigned a tax rate that is the average of the rates for all construction employers in Maryland during the year for which the rate is assigned.

  • Standard Rate

    If an employer is eligible for an earned rate, but has no taxable wages in a fiscal year (July 1 to June 30) because the employer failed to file its quarterly tax and wage reports, the employer is assigned the standard rate. The standard rate is the higher of the highest rate from the “Table of Basic Rates” or the employer’s computed basic rate plus any surtax rate.

  • Experience (Earned) Rate

    After an employer has paid wages to employees in two fiscal years (July 1 to June 30) prior to the computation date (July 1st prior to the rated year), he/she is entitled to be assigned a tax rate reflecting his/her own experience with layoffs. If the employer’s former employees receive benefits regularly which result in benefit charges, the employer will have a higher tax rate. On the other hand, firms which incur little or no benefit charges will have lower tax rates.

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