Unemployment Insurance - Employer Services

Unemployment is an insurance program providing temporary, partial wage replacement to workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own. The program is funded by Unemployment premiums paid by employers based on the amount of wages paid for covered employment. The Unemployment Premium or "tax" is paid on the first $12,000 only in gross wages an employer pays to an individual in a calendar year.

*** Changes to UI Billing for Employers ***

Beginning in June, employers will receive two separate bills from Maine Revenue Services, one for withholding and one for unemployment insurance contributions. The bills look very similar and employers will still send all payments to MRS for processing through to MDOL. The bills show debt for the current quarter filing only and will not reflect prior debt owed to MDOL. Prior debt will still be billed by MDOL as in the past. This is the first step in modernizing the combined quarterly report process. Questions about this change can be directed to Maine Revenue Services withholding unit at (207) 626-8475 (press 1 then 4 from the menu) or by emailing to withholding.tax@maine.gov.