What is pay as you go workers compensation?

By Cross Insurance | Apr 30, 2014

Sometimes called pay as you owe, pay as you go workers compensation helps smooth the audit process and provides cash flow to the business.

Workers compensation premiums are calculated by multiplying the rate by each one hundred dollars in payroll. Historically, workers compensation premiums were estimated in the beginning of the policy year; and audited for accuracy at the end of the policy year.

As a result of this estimate and audit process, sometimes a business would tie up capital on overpaid premiums to receive a return months later; and sometimes a firm would receive a large audit bill, followed by an increase in the then current year's workers compensation.

Unless the business is very predictable, these audits were difficult to budget.

 Pay as you go contemplates this issue and offers an option to pay premium based on actual payroll. The business, or more often, their payroll service, sums payrolls in each class and applies the rate, or, sends the payroll figures directly to the company for billing.

The business knows its workers compensation cost for that pay period immediately and with a great deal more accuracy. Budgeting is as easy as payroll budgeting since the two are tied together.

An audit will be conducted at the end of the year, but the effects should be much smaller.

Who should use pay as you go?

* Businesses with seasonal income and payroll so expenses tie to income more easily and budgeting is easier.

* Businesses with large payrolls which benefit from the cash flow of this system.

 * Contractor businesses which assign payroll to different jobs to more easily tie payroll expenses to specific sites.

Your business needs to qualify for this service, so call us to discuss the possibilities to find the best match for your business. We can help your budgeting and cash flow.

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