All Arizona employers are required to pay unemployment taxes to the state of Arizona. The tax rate applied on the Determination of Unemployment Tax Rate is applied to the first $7,000 of wages.

The Department of Economic Security (DES) calculates this rate based on a “reserve ratio.” This reserve ratio is calculated by comparing wages paid during a base period (the prior 3 years ending June 30), with benefits paid out to employees. The higher the claims, the higher the rate.

Employers may be able to reduce the rate by pre-paying amounts into their accounts. This is generally beneficial when employers will have more employees in the current year than they had in the year previous. To calculate if the voluntary payment makes sense for you, use the following steps:

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