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Question about unemployment

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by MJK, Dec 10, 2006.

  1. MJK

    MJK LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 356

    If your the owner of the company, can you label yourself as an employee, then lay yourself off at the end of the year?
  2. Josh.S

    Josh.S LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,085

    As far as I know, no.
  3. GreenN'Clean

    GreenN'Clean LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,512

    Are you an Corporation MJK? Cause if you are Incorporated then yes you can lay yourself off and collect unemployment because your an employee to the corporation!!!
  4. Fantasy Lawns

    Fantasy Lawns LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,912

    MMMMmmm I don't think so .....

    As a officer of the Inc ...your more than just an employee ..... especially if you own 100% of the stock that makes you ..... you make all the financial decisions ....

    I'd think you would have to "go out of business" too be legally unemployed

    Thou I know the laws vary from state to state ....could be different ....but that won't fly in FL

    Why would someone really wish too do this anyways ?? I mean how much could it be $$ wise ....
  5. Eakern & Dog

    Eakern & Dog LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 431

    I'm not sure. It sounds weird though. I would think that if you could that your umemployment insurance would go up and probably erase whatever money you make out it.......but I have no clue.
  6. MJK

    MJK LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 356

    Dang, i'm an LLC.
  7. DFW Area Landscaper

    DFW Area Landscaper LawnSite Silver Member
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 2,116

    In Texas, if you own the corporation and lay yourself off, you are not entitled to benefits. Obviously, there must be some percentage of ownership that triggers it, otherwise employees of large corporations, like IBM, for example, who own stock in IBM, would not be elegible for benefits.

    But you have the pay the tax on all your wages anyway.

    I called the TWC about this a few years ago and that is what I was told.

    DFW Area Landscaper
  8. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,937

    Your thinking is on target. I don't know the answer to the question being raised here, namely the owner being laid off. However, I have heard horror stories of a small business involved in handyman work getting stuck. When work was a bit slow during the Winter months, a couple of people were laid off, collected unemployment. This is a case, one owner, 3-4 employees.

    The next year, his unemployment insurance went through the roof! He quickly realized he had laid the foundation for paying out more money in insurance than if he would have scaled back hours, or even paid for non-working hours. So, beware of the consequences of such an action, even if it is possible.

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