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Updated : December 24th, 2020

State: Vermont (VT)
Phone Number:1-877-214-3332 to file an Unemployment Compensation Claim (Monday through Thursday from 8:30a.m. to 4:00p.m. and Friday from 9:00a.m. to 4:00p.m., except holidays.)
Major Towns:Burlington, Montpelier, Rutland, and South Burlington
Current Unemploymnet Rate in Vermont

Vermont Unemployment Questions

When and how do I become liable to pay unemployment insurance?
Liability varies depending on the type of business and wage payments. We have an on-line application to assist you with this process and registration.

How do I open an account for unemployment insurance and how is the new account rate determined?
You can open an account on-line or by downloading and returning Form C-1, Status Report. New employer rates are assigned by industry classification and full successor rates are based on the previous employer’s experience history of benefits charged against their account versus taxable payroll.

What do I have to do if I sell or close my business?
You must notify us of ANY changes in your business structure. This can be done by completion of C-36 form. Additionally, if a potential buyer of your business requests such, you must provide them with your experience rating.

How am I determined a successor and if I am, will I be eligible for a transfer of the predecessor’s rate?
If you acquire substantially all the assets of an existing liable business and continue that business, you may be determined a full successor and eligible for a transfer of the predecessor’s rate. A partial acquisition of an existing liable business, which you continue, is not eligible for a transfer and would be rated as a new employer.

How is my experience rate computed?
Experience rates are computed annually and are effective July 1st through June 30th. They are calculated by using the employer’s three most recently completed calendar years history (taxable wages divided by benefits charged against their account)

Are employee or employer contributions to cafeteria plans and 401K plans considered covered wages?
The employer contributions are non taxable. The employee contributions are taxable.

Are officer earnings, wages paid to spouses, etc., considered covered wages?
Officers of corporations are employees of the corporation. You must report all gross wages paid to officers of the corporation. There are some situations where employment is exempt from coverage.

My employees work in more than one state. Where do I report and pay my unemployment insurance?
Generally wages are reported to the state in which the services are performed UNLESS the employee works in more than one state. Further information on localization is provided.

Why should I have to pay unemployment taxes if I’m the corporate officer?
As an employee of the Corporation, you may be eligible for Unemployment Compensation benefits providing you meet all of the eligibility requirements.

How do I figure excess wages and taxable wages on my Employer’s Quarterly Wage and Contribution Report?
Excess wages are the wages paid to each employee above and beyond the taxable wage base. Further information is provided under Filing UI Tax Reports and C-101 and instructions.

Do I have to report a worker on my Contribution report if the total amount paid is under $600.00, if I paid cash and/or was just “trying them out”?
An employer must report all amounts paid to a worker if the work performed is covered under the Unemployment Compensation laws, regardless of the amount. Further information regarding proper reporting and covered employment is provided in the Employer’s Manual.

Why can’t the Vermont Department of Labor obtain wage amounts from the Vermont Tax Department?
Mainly it’s because different liability and covered employment test exist. That said, both department share information to insure compliance.

What generally determines which employer accounts will be audited?
Being selected for an audit should not be construed that the employer has done something wrong. Each quarter several accounts are selected through a random audit program to meet federally mandated requirements. Additionally, if the department has reason to suspect an employer is not properly reporting it’s workers, an audit will be conducted to insure compliance of the Unemployment Compensation laws.

How much do I have to pay in UI taxes?
For employers just starting a business, calculating the tax amount can be difficult, as various factors can alter the rate. To avoid improper calculation, you are encouraged to contact the field auditor in your area or our Employer Services Unit.

Questions & Answers

  1. I am a representative of WIOA in NH. I am in the
    Berlin office today. I am trying to assist an individual with pulling up his weekly benefits and what he has been paid out within this benefit year. He is on the phone trying to get in touch with a VT Employment Security worker but has been on hold for quite some time. Can somebody call me at 603-752-6720.
    Thank you

    1. Patricia,

      Please note this is a private forum and we do not offer assistance over the phone. It will be very difficult for us to trace the claimant. Hope you were able to get in touch with him/her.

    1. If this is your first claim, please wait for 7-10 business days for the first payment.

      If there is a delay, please call the Claims Center for an update.

  2. If I worked at one job for the first half of the year, and a different job for the second half, do I enter earnings from both jobs for the base periods?

  3. I am filing weekly for my 72 year old mother, who just became unemployed @a month ago. I have given all of her information, and we apply online or get applications from varying businesses each week. I am just wondering if a deposit in her account is made weekly or monthly. she is very worried that without a job or an income coming in, that she will lose her home. I told her that I am filing weekly for her. thanks!!

    1. Please check with the Unemployment Office in your state by calling them for precise information. Payments are disbursed on a weekly basis after your make a claim.

  4. My hours have been cut majorly for the past month. Can I get partical unemployment/ If so how do i sing up for it?

    Thank you

  5. If you had a continuous period of sickness or injury resulting in a temporary total compensation under the Workers’ Safety & Compensation law, you may be able to claim unemployment benefits based on earnings prior to your injury date.

  6. I was injured away from work on may 20, the leg injury has left me immobile for the rest of june and into july. I did have employment when the injury happened, i’m still employed but dont have a definate go back to work date yet, doc’s not said when i can go back. What kind’s of benifits am I eligable for in VT? I was on umemployment last november-december for a few weeks while searching for a job. Thank you for your time and considerations. Jakub

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