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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Employment and Training Administration
Washington, D. C. 20210

CLASSIFICATION

 

CORRESPONDENCE SYMBOL

OWS

ISSUE DATE

March 19, 2002

RESCISSIONS

None

EXPIRATION DATE

 

ADVISORY

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE PROGRAM LETTER NO. 16-02

 

TO

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ALL STATE WORKFORCE AGENCIES

 

FROM

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GRACE A. KILBANE
Administrator
Office of Workforce Security

 

SUBJECT

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Procedures for Notifying the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) if an Indian Tribe Fails to Make Required Payments Under State Unemployment (UI) Law

  1. Purpose.  To establish procedures for notifying the IRS and DOL in the event an Indian Tribe fails to make required payments under state UI law.

  2. References. Section 166 of the Community Renewal Tax Relief Act of 2000 as enacted by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2001 (CAA), P.L. 106-544; Unemployment Insurance Program Letter (UIPL) No. 14-01 (January 12, 2001); UIPL No. 14-01, Change 1 (April 6, 2001); and the Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA), Section 3309(d), Internal Revenue Code.

  3. Background. Indian Tribes, including any subdivision, subsidiary, or business enterprise wholly owned by the tribe, that fail to make required payments under state UI law, within 90 days of receiving a delinquency notice issued by the state, will not be excepted from the FUTA definition of “employment” until such failure is corrected.

    Failure to make these required payments will result in the following consequences:

    The IRS is responsible for the collection of FUTA and must determine any FUTA liability of tribes that have failed to make required state payments.   DOL is responsible for the oversight of state UI operations. Therefore, UIPL No. 14-01, issued on January 12, 2001, requires a notification of both the IRS and the DOL when tribes fail to make required payments under state UI law.  This applies to any contributions, reimbursements, penalties, interest, or bonds that are required.

  4. Procedure. A notification of failure to pay should be made by letter to the Internal Revenue Service.  The letter must include, at a minimum, the following information:

    The notification must be mailed to the IRS at the following address:

    The Internal Revenue Service
    Manager, Outreach Planning and Review
    Indian Tribal Governments
    T:GE:ITG
    1111 Constitution Avenue, N.W.
    Washington, D.C.   20224

    If preferred, it may be faxed to the Manager, Outreach Planning and Review at 202-283-9760.

    Notification to DOL should be made by copy of the IRS letter.   However, the federal employer identification number should be removed from the DOL copy for security purposes.   The DOL copy should be sent to the appropriate Regional Office for the Office of Workforce Security.

  5. Action Required. State Administrators are requested to provide this information to the appropriate staff. Action should be taken by the states to issue the required notification of failure to make required state UI payments to both the IRS and the DOL. The Regional Office will forward all such notices received to the Office of Workforce Security/Division of Unemployment Operations/Tax Team.

  6. Inquiries.Inquiries should be directed to the appropriate Regional Office.