Have you lost your job and collecting unemployment? Or are you fortunate to be working from home because of the pandemic? Both of these situations could have tax implications.
The COVID-19 pandemic that led to tens of thousands of layoffs, and record levels of unemployment claims in Arizona has also pummeled sales tax revenue over the past couple of months. We’ll remain in wait-and-see mode to see whether the lapsing of the stay-at-home order boosted the economy enough to counter the spike in cases[ … ]
A month after doubling as the state’s economy staggered under the coronavirus pandemic, Arizona’s unemployment dropped by 4.5 percentage points during May. The state Office of Economic Opportunity reported that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for May was 8.9%, down from 13.4% in April as business closures and other impacts from the pandemic took hold.[ … ]
As an employer, you must pay federal unemployment (FUTA) tax on amounts up to $7,000 paid to each employee as wages during the calendar year. The rate of tax imposed is 6% but can be reduced by a credit (described below). Most employers end up paying an effective FUTA tax rate of 0.6%. An employer[ … ]
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The state’s jobless rate ticked up a tenth of a point in December as companies shed employees. New figures from the Office of Economic Opportunity put the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate at 4.8 percent. That is the result, at least in part, of private sector employment dropping by about 1,900 jobs. And the new figure[ … ]
Arizona’s Office of Economic Opportunity released the seasonally adjusted June unemployment rate at 4.7 percent. The rate remains unchanged from May and compares to the national jobless rate of 4.0 percent. Spokesman Doug Walls said construction employment has recovered 37 percent since the recession hit and housing bubble burst.
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Phoenix-area home buyers know all too well that a hot housing market isn’t guaranteed to be a permanent fixture. While job numbers and housing starts are currently skyrocketing, there are signs a perfect storm is brewing on the economic horizon. Arizona’s last jobs report featured an unemployment rate at 4.7 percent, a strong number buoyed[ … ]