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January 7, 2015

Commissioner Brannan Lowers Maintenance Tax Rate to Start 2015

AUSTIN, TX — Texas Workers’ Compensation Commissioner Ryan Brannan has determined, pursuant to Texas Labor Code Section 403.003, that the maintenance tax rate be lowered to 1.533 percent of gross premiums collected by workers’ compensation insurance carriers from January 1, 2014, through December 31, 2014.

The maintenance tax supports the operations of the Division of Workers’ Compensation and the Office of Injured Employee Counsel. The tax rate has been lowered in four out of the last five years.

 “Texas’ robust economy and stable workers’ compensation system have resulted in significantly lower insurance rates for Texas employers, which encourages employers to purchase workers’ compensation coverage for their employees,” Commissioner Brannan said. “The Division of Workers’ Compensation continues to do its part to keep insurance coverage affordable for employers while ensuring employees receive the benefits they are entitled to under the Texas Workers’ Compensation Act.”

The maintenance tax rate applies to insurance companies writing workers’ compensation policies in Texas, and is capped at two percent of gross premiums collected by those companies. Certified self-insured and group self-insured employers also pay maintenance taxes based on the previous year’s claim liabilities and expenses.

The order setting maintenance tax rates is available on the agency website here:

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Last updated: 1/9/2015