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268.045 Employer accounts.

(a) The commissioner shall maintain a separate account for each employer that has employees in covered employment in the current or the prior calendar year, except as provided in this section, and shall charge the account for any benefits determined chargeable to the employer under section 268.047 and shall credit the account with all the taxes paid, or if the employer is liable for payments in lieu of taxes, the payments made.

(b) Two or more related corporations concurrently employing the same employees and compensating those employees through a common paymaster that is one of the corporations may apply to the commissioner to establish a common paymaster account that shall be the account of the common paymaster corporation. If approved, the separate accounts shall be maintained, but the employees compensated through the common paymaster shall be reported as employees of the common paymaster corporation. The corporations using the common paymaster account shall be jointly and severally liable for any unpaid taxes, penalties, and interest owing from the common paymaster account.

(c) Two or more employers having 50 percent or more common ownership and compensating employees through a single payer that is one of the employers may apply to the commissioner for a merging of the experience rating records of the employers into a single joint account.

If approved, the joint account shall be effective on that date assigned by the commissioner and shall remain in effect for not less than two calendar years, and continuing unless written notice terminating the joint account is filed with the commissioner. The termination shall be effective on January 1 next following the filing of the written notice of termination.

The employers in the joint account shall be jointly and severally liable for any unpaid taxes, penalties, and interest owing from the joint account.

(d) Two or more employers that are liable for payments in lieu of taxes may apply to the commissioner for the establishment of a group account for the purpose of sharing the cost of benefits charged based upon wage credits from all employers in the group. The application shall identify and authorize a group representative to act as the group's agent for the purposes of the account. If approved, the commissioner shall establish a group account for the employers effective as of the beginning of the calendar year that the application is received. The account shall remain in effect for not less than two calendar years and thereafter until terminated at the discretion of the commissioner or upon application by the group at least 30 calendar days prior to the end of the two year period or 30 calendar days prior to January 1 of any following calendar year. Each employer in the group shall be jointly and severally liable for payments in lieu of taxes for all benefits paid based upon wage credits from all employers in the group during the period the group account was in effect.

HIST: Ex1936 c 2 s 4; 1937 c 306 s 2; 1939 c 443 s 3; 1941 c 554 s 3; 1943 c 650 s 2; 1945 c 376 s 3; 1947 c 32 s 1-8; 1947 c 432 s 3-5,11; 1947 c 600 s 7; 1949 c 526 s 1; 1949 c 605 s 3-6,17,18; 1951 c 442 s 2; 1953 c 97 s 5,6,8; 1953 c 288 s 1; 1955 c 380 s 2-4,6; 1957 c 25 s 1; 1957 c 873 s 2; 1959 c 702 s 2-4; 1965 c 45 s 40; 1965 c 741 s 6-11; 1967 c 573 s 3; 1967 c 617 s 1; 1967 c 856 s 1; 1969 c 3 s 1; 1969 c 567 s 3; 1969 c 854 s 6; 1971 c 860 s 1; 1971 c 942 s 3-6; 1973 c 254 s 3; 1973 c 599 s 2-4; 1975 c 336 s 6-10; 1977 c 4 s 4,5; 1977 c 297 s 6-11; 1977 c 430 s 25 subd 1; 1977 c 455 s 82; 1978 c 674 s 60; 1979 c 181 s 4-8; 1980 c 508 s 2-7; 1Sp1982 c 1 s 5-12; 1983 c 216 art 1 s 87; 1983 c 247 s 112; 1983 c 372 s 9-15; 1985 c 248 s 70; 1Sp1985 c 14 art 9 s 75; 1986 c 444; 1986 c 451 s 1; 1987 c 242 s 1; 1987 c 362 s 9-12; 1987 c 385 s 10-18; 1989 c 65 s 3-5; 1989 c 209 art 2 s 1; 1992 c 484 s 4-7; 1994 c 483 s 1; 1994 c 488 s 8; 1995 c 54 s 3-7; 1996 c 417 s 5-7,31; 1997 c 66 s 19,26,79; 1998 c 265 s 9