Chicago Automobile Trade Association

Company deflects $1.02 million of dealers' unemployment claims

November 24, 2010

One hundred eighteen CATA dealer members reported a combined 465 unemployment claims to the Martin Boyer Co. during the first quarter of 2002. The company's efforts saved those dealers a total of $1.02 million in benefits by contesting the claims.

Martin Boyer monitors any unemployment claims against its clients. About 200 CATA dealers are clients of the company. Claims that can be protested and subsequently denied help minimize an employer's unemployment tax rate. The rate can vary between .06 percent and 6.8 percent of each employee's first $9,000 of earnings.

The average unemployment tax rate among Illinois employers is 3.1 percent, or $279 annually. "The unemployment tax is really the only controllable tax, in that it's experiencedriven," said Paul Schardt, senior vice president of Martin Boyer. An ex-employee's claim affects the employer's tax rate for three years. Client fees amount to $2.10 per employee, per fiscal quarter.

For the fee, Martin Boyer monitors all unemployment claims, files any appeals, represents the client at any hearings, verifies the benefit charge statements and confirms the client's unemployment tax rate. Martin Boyer has represented CATA members since 1979. To discuss retaining the company, call Schardt at 312-381-8241. Note the new telephone number; the company relocated April 15.

 

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