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March 2, 2021 | MD Unemployment Tax Rates Have Increased For 2021

Updated: Jun 23, 2023

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Division of Unemployment Insurance has increased the range of unemployment tax rates for contributory employers for 2021.

The 2021 rate range is 2.20% to 13.50%, up from the former range of 0.3% to 7.5%.

The taxable wage base for 2021 will remain at $8,500.

For an employer with a former rating of 0.3% and a new rating of 2.2%, this will mean an increase of $161.50 per employee, if meeting the $8,500 taxable wage base.

The rate for new employers will be 2.3% and the rate for new employers that are in the construction industry and headquartered in another state will be 7.0%.

These increases underscore the importance of employers checking their benefit charge statements for fraudulently filed claims. If you believe a fraudulent claim has been charged to your employer account, you should file a protest through BEACON or contact the Division of Unemployment Insurance at 410-949-0033.


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