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MD Businesses Could See Tax Increase To Boost Unemployment Fund

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Businesses in Maryland could see higher tax rates next year to help beef up the state's dwindling unemployment fund. The annual calculation of the unemployment fund will be released Wednesday and a low fund could mean a tax hike for employers. State workers expect the numbers to show the largest allowable increase is needed to replenish the fund. The fund's balance fell from close to $900 million a year ago to $341 million this month. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate grew from 4.5 percent to 7.2 percent during that same time. Any potential tax increase would vary from business to business, depending on how many workers an employer has laid off in recent years.

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