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Martin Boyer deflects unemployment claims

November 23, 2010
One hundred fifteen CATA dealer members reported a combined 537 unemployment claims to the Martin Boyer Co. during the fourth quarter of 2002. The company's efforts saved those dealers a total of $852,930 in benefits by contesting the claims. The claims activity among the CATA dealers in the fourth quarter more than doubled the previous quarter, said Paul Schardt of Martin Boyer. The company monitors any unemployment claims against its clients. About 200 CATA dealers are clients of Martin Boyer. 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 a year. "The unemployment tax is really the only controllable tax, in that it's experience- driven," said Schardt. An exemployee's claim affects the employer's tax rate for three years. Client fees are $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. To discuss retaining the company, call Schardt at 312-381-8241.