Starting this month, don’t be surprised if you receive a bill for an Interest Assessment Surcharge (IAS) from the government. It’s for interest New York State owes the federal government on loans it took out to maintain unemployment and pandemic benefits between March 2020 and September 2021 for COVID-related programs.
New York’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund loan amounted to $9.2 billion. The Department of Labor (DOL) has already paid back 11% or more than $1 billion and is working with state leaders to aggressively reduce the principal balance. State law requires employers who make unemployment insurance contributions to pay the IAS on the federal loan annually, until all interest has been paid off.
Notifications about the surcharge started going out to employers, with information about the IAS rate (.23%), the annual charge for 2022 (about $27.60 per employee), and how to pay. Payment must be made within 30 days of date of the notice (and by September 30, 2022 at the latest).
If you have an account on NYS Online, you can find your payment amount on NYS-45, line 6: “UI Previously underpaid with interest.” If payment is not made when e-filing your 2nd quarter 2022 NYS-45, make a check payable to NYS Unemployment Insurance. We recommend noting your NYS Unemployment Insurance Employer Number and “IAS” on the memo line. Then mail it to:
NYS Unemployment Insurance
P.O. Box 4301
Binghamton, NY 13902-4301
For more details and information, visit the New York State DOL website’s IAS page. If you have questions, call the NYS DOL’s Employer Hotline at 1-888-899-8810 (select One for Main Menu, and then One for Employer Accounts Adjustment Section of the Unemployment Insurance Division).
As always, you can reach out to your person at RBT CPAs, LLP/Sickler, Torchia, Allen & Churchill CPAs, P.C. if you need any additional assistance with this or other accounting, tax, and auditing matters.