Rates, Withholding Schedules, and Meals and Lodging Values
2016 UI, ETT, and SDI Rates
To access your current UI rates, visit the 2016 Unemployment Insurance (UI) Rates page for instructions.
Tax rates and taxable wage limits for the last several years are listed on Tax Rates, Wage Limits, and Value of Meals and Lodging (DE 3395).
The UI rate schedule in effect for 2016 is Schedule F+. This is Schedule F plus a 15 percent emergency surcharge, rounded to the nearest tenth. Schedule F+ provides for UI contribution rates from 1.5 percent to 6.2 percent. Exception: Employers subject to Section 977(c) of the CUIC must pay at the highest rate provided by law plus an additional 2 percent, see SUTA Dumping (AB 664 ). The taxable wage limit is $7,000 per employee. For more information about how your UI rate is determined, see Information Sheet: California System of Experience Rating (DE 231Z) .
The Voluntary UI program is not in effect for 2016.
The Employment Training Tax (ETT) rate for 2016 is 0.1 percent. The UI and ETT taxable wage limit remains at $7,000 per employee per calendar year.
The State Disability Insurance (SDI) withholding rate for 2016 is 0.9 percent. The taxable wage limit is $106,742 for each employee per calendar year. The maximum to withhold for each employee is $960.68.
Your UI, ETT, and SDI tax rates are combined on a single rate notice, Notice of Contribution Rates and Statement of UI Reserve Account (DE 2088). The DE 2088 will be mailed to you in December, with a mailing date of December 31. Employers will have 60 days from the December 31 mailing date to protest any item on the DE 2088 except SDI and ETT, which are specifically set by law.
New employers. You are assigned a 3.4 percent UI tax rate for a period of two to three years. This will depend on when you meet the criteria under Section 982(b) of the California Unemployment Insurance Code (CUIC). If you purchased an established business, you have the option of acquiring the previous owner s UI tax rate (see Purchasing a Business With Employees ).
California Withholding Schedules
California provides two methods for determining the amount to be withheld from wages and salaries for state personal income tax.