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Planning for Utah’s 2024 Unemployment Tax Change

By November 28, 2023February 27th, 2024No Comments

The financial landscape for 501(c)(3) nonprofits in Utah is set for a notable shift in 2024 with a significant increase in the State Unemployment Tax Act (SUTA) taxable wage base. This change necessitates a proactive approach in financial planning for nonprofit leaders, offering an opportunity to reevaluate strategies for managing unemployment costs effectively. Understanding the details of this change and the potential advantages of opting for a reimbursement plan can be crucial in maintaining your organization’s fiscal health.

Understanding the Change in Utah’s SUTA Taxable Wage Base

In 2024, Utah’s nonprofit sector will face a considerable adjustment:

  • Increased Taxable Wage Base: The taxable wage base in Utah is set to rise by 7.1%, reaching $48,000. This increase means that nonprofits will be subject to SUTA taxes on a higher portion of each employee’s wages than in previous years.

Implications for Nonprofit Organizations

This upcoming change carries significant implications:

  • Elevated SUTA Tax Burden: With the increase in the taxable wage base, nonprofits in Utah may see a rise in their overall SUTA tax liabilities, potentially impacting their operational budgets.
  • Necessity for Financial Reassessment: This development might require a thorough reevaluation of your organization’s budget and financial strategies to accommodate the additional tax expenses.

The Reimbursement Method: A Viable Alternative

In response to the increased SUTA tax obligations, Utah nonprofits have the option to become reimbursing employers. This alternative approach offers several benefits:

  1. Cost Control Through Direct Reimbursement: By choosing the reimbursement method, nonprofits pay only for the actual unemployment benefits claimed by former employees, rather than contributing based on the entire taxable wage base.
  2. Potential Savings: This option can lead to significant cost savings, especially for organizations with low rates of unemployment claims. Paying only for actual claims can be more economical than the increased tax rates on the higher wage base.
  3. Greater Budgetary Predictability: Reimbursement plans can enhance financial forecasting, allowing nonprofits to allocate funds based on actual unemployment costs rather than projected tax rates.

Utah employers have until December 1, 2023, to notify the state of their decision to reimburse rather than pay SUTA in 2024.

Key Considerations for the Reimbursement Option

Before switching to a reimbursement plan, consider these factors:

  • Financial Reserves: Ensure that your nonprofit has sufficient financial reserves to cover potential unemployment claims, which can be unpredictable in size and timing.
  • Administrative Resources: Be prepared to manage the administrative demands of the reimbursement process, including accurate record-keeping and timely claim processing.
  • Risk Management: Assess the risk profile of your organization to determine if the reimbursement option aligns with your overall risk management strategy.


As Utah’s SUTA taxable wage base increases in 2024, it is crucial for 501c3 nonprofit executives to explore all avenues for effectively managing rising costs. Opting for the reimbursement method can offer more control over unemployment tax expenditures and potentially lead to cost savings. However, it’s important to consider your organization’s unique financial situation and consult with a financial advisor to ensure that the chosen approach is the most suitable. With informed planning and strategic decision-making, your nonprofit can adeptly navigate these tax changes and continue its vital mission in the community.


501(c) Services has more than 40 years of experience helping nonprofits with unemployment outsourcing, reimbursing, and HR services. Two of our most popular programs are the 501(c) Agencies Trust and 501(c) HR Services. We understand the importance of compliance and accuracy and are committed to providing our clients with customized plans that fit their needs.

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The information contained in this article is not a substitute for legal advice or counsel and has been pulled from multiple sources.

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