Tax Department Quarterly Announcements


This page contains information about programs and services that can benefit your business.

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2nd Quarter 2020

Verify Worker Social Security Numbers

Verify Worker Social Security Number using The Social Security Number Verification Service provided by the Social Security Administration.
Employers Should Verify Names and SSNs Online because:
Correct names and SSNs on wage reports are the keys to the successful processing of your quarterly tax report submissions and calculation of taxes due.
Verification will prevent the need to make tax report corrections.
Correct worker information will prevent investigations when former employees file for Unemployment Benefits.


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1st Quarter 2020

2020 Unemployment Insurance (UI) Tax Rates

2020 tax rates were mailed to Texas employers in December 2019.
Employer-paid UI taxes replenish the Texas Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund, which
provides temporary income for Texas workers who lose their jobs through no fault of
their own.
The 2020 standard minimum UI tax rate is 0.31 percent which is down from 0.36 percent
in CY 2019. An employer paying the standard mimimum tax will pay $27.90 per employee
in CY 2020 on the first $9,000 in wages per employee compared with $32.40 per
employee in CY 2019.
The average unemploymenmt insurance (UI) tax rate for experience-rated employers will be
0.93 percent for 2020, dropping to its lowest point since 2009.
The maximum UI tax rate, paid by 4.5 percent of Texas employers, will be 6.31 percent,
decreasing from CY 2019 at 6.36 percent.
For more information about tax rates please vis our webpage Unemployment Insurance Tax Rates.

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4th Quarter 2019

Definition of Employment and Wages

The Texas Workforce Commission Tax Department uses specific definitions to determine Employment and taxable Wages.

Employment is any service performed for payment or compensation. This definition includes any hiring contract, whether written, oral or implied. The three essential elements to the definition of employment are service, wages, and direction and control.  For more information about types of employment, including the difference between an employee and an independent contractor, please visit our Definition & Type of Employment webpage. 

Wages are the compensation provided to someone in exchange for services or labor. Wages include hourly or salary income earned, back pay, tips, taxable reimbursements, severance pay and commissions. For detailed information on what are taxable wages that a liable employer must report, please visit our Reporting & Determining Taxable Wages webpage. 

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3rd Quarter 2019

Experience the new

With a Virtual Recruiter and candidate scoring and ranking, you can expect improved talent matching and more efficient screening. The site offers Texas-specific labor market data to support informed business decisions in planning your job positions and wages.
Use your existing login information to access the site. Review and verify or update your information. Set up the Virtual Recruiter and let the website start working for you. is supported by 180 Workforce Solutions offices around the state. If you need assistance with the new site, use the directory to find your local Workforce Solutions office.

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