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Massachusetts Unemployment Tax Rules for Employers

Employers in Massachusetts must comply with these unemployment tax rules.

Coverage: Any business that during the current or preceding calendar year:

  • has at least one employee for some portion of a day in each of 13 weeks or
  • pays wages of $1,500 or more in any calendar quarter

Rates: 1.26% to 12.27%; 2.83% for new non-construction employers; 9.49% for new construction employers; certain employers must pay an unemployment health insurance contribution

Taxable Wage Limit: $14,000

Employee Withholding: None


Labor and Workforce Development
Division of Unemployment Assistance
19 Staniford Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02114
Telephone: (617) 626-5075

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