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2016 Florida Statutes

F.S. 443.121
443.121 Employing units affected.
(1) PERIODS OF LIABILITY.
(a) Any employing unit that is or becomes an employer subject to this chapter as described in s. 443.1215(1)(a), (1)(b), (1)(c), (1)(d), or (2) within any calendar year is subject to this chapter during the entire calendar year.
(b) Any employing unit that is or becomes an employer subject to this chapter solely by reason of s. 443.1215(1)(e) is subject to this chapter only during its operation of the business acquired.
(c) Any employing unit that is or becomes an employer subject to this chapter solely by reason of s. 443.1215(1)(f) is subject to this chapter only for employment occurring after the date of the acquisition.
(2) TERMINATION OF COVERAGE.
(a) General.Except as otherwise provided in this section, an employing unit ceases to be an employer subject to this chapter as of January 1 of any calendar year only if it files with the tax collection service provider, by April 30 of the year for which termination is requested, a written application for termination of coverage and the service provider finds that the employing unit, in the preceding calendar year, did not meet the requirements of an employer, as described in s. 443.1215(1)(a), (1)(d), or (2). This time limit for filing an application may be waived by the tax collection service provider in cases in which the time limit expires before the liability of the employing unit is established in the records of the service provider. For the purposes of this subsection, the two or more employing units listed in s. 443.1215(1)(e), (1)(f), and (1)(h) shall be treated as a single employing unit.
(b) Nonprofit organizations.Except as otherwise provided in subsection (4), an employing unit subject to this chapter under s. 443.1216(3) ceases to be an employer subject to this chapter as of January 1 of any calendar year only if it files with the tax collection service provider, by April 30 of the year for which termination is requested, a written application for termination of coverage and the service provider finds that there were fewer than 20 different days, each day being in a different week within the preceding calendar year, within which the employing unit employed four or more individuals in employment subject to this chapter. The timely filing of application may be waived as provided in paragraph (a).
(c) Public employers.Each public employer in the state is an employer subject to this chapter for the duration of any employment defined in s. 443.1216(2) and ceases to be subject to this chapter only as provided in subsection (4).
(3) ELECTIVE COVERAGE.
(a) General.An employing unit, not otherwise subject to this chapter, which files with the tax collection service provider its written election to become an employer subject to this chapter for at least 1 calendar year, with written approval of the election by the service provider, becomes an employer subject to this chapter to the same extent as all other employers as of the date stated in the approval, and ceases to be subject to this chapter as of January 1 of any calendar year after the first calendar year of its election only if, by April 30 of the next year, the employing unit files a written notice to that effect with the tax collection service provider. However, at the expiration of the calendar year of the election, the tax collection service provider may reconsider the voluntary election of coverage and may notify the employer that the employer will not be carried upon the records of the service provider as an employer, and thereupon the employer ceases to be an employer under this chapter as of January 1 of the year next succeeding the last calendar year during which it was an employer under this chapter.
(b) Public employers.An employing unit that is a public employer as defined in s. 443.036, for which services that do not constitute employment as defined in this chapter are performed, may file with the tax collection service provider a written election that all those services performed by individuals in its employ in one or more distinct establishments or places of business constitute employment for purposes of this chapter for at least 1 calendar year. Upon written approval of the election by the tax collection service provider, these services constitute employment subject to this chapter from and after the date stated in the approval. These services cease to be employment subject to this chapter as of January 1 of any calendar year after that calendar year only if, by April 30 of the next year, the employing unit files a written notice to that effect with the tax collection service provider.
(c) Certain services for political subdivisions.
1. Any political subdivision of this state may elect to cover under this chapter, for at least 1 calendar year, service performed by employees in all of the hospitals and institutions of higher education operated by the political subdivision. Election must be made by filing with the tax collection service provider a notice of election at least 30 days before the effective date of the election. The election may exclude any services described in s. 443.1216(4). Any political subdivision electing coverage under this paragraph must be a reimbursing employer and make reimbursements in lieu of contributions for benefits attributable to this employment, provided for nonprofit organizations in s. 443.1312(3) and (5).
2. The provisions of s. 443.091(3) relating to benefit rights based on service for nonprofit organizations and state hospitals and institutions of higher education also apply to service covered by an election under this section.
3. The amounts required to be reimbursed in lieu of contributions by any political subdivision under this paragraph shall be billed, and payment made, as provided in s. 443.1312(3) for similar reimbursements by nonprofit organizations.
4. An election under this paragraph may be terminated after at least 1 calendar year of coverage by filing with the tax collection service provider written notice not later than 30 days before the last day of the calendar year in which the termination is to be effective. The termination takes effect on January 1 of the next ensuing calendar year for services performed after that date.
(4) INACTIVE EMPLOYERS.Notwithstanding the other provisions of this section, if the tax collection service provider finds that an employer is inactive and has ceased to be an employing unit as defined by this chapter for a complete calendar year, the service provider may terminate the account of the employer as of January 1 of any year following a complete calendar year in which the employer ceased to be an employing unit, and the employer ceases to be an employer subject to this chapter.
History.s. 9, ch. 18402, 1937; CGL 1940 Supp. 4151(496); s. 9, ch. 20685, 1941; s. 2, ch. 21982, 1943; ss. 7, 8, ch. 26879, 1951; s. 10, ch. 28242, 1953; s. 5, ch. 29771, 1955; s. 5, ch. 61-132; ss. 2, 3, ch. 65-114; ss. 17, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 7, ch. 71-225; s. 6, ch. 77-262; s. 118, ch. 79-164; s. 5, ch. 79-308; ss. 4, 8, 9, ch. 80-95; s. 6, ch. 88-289; s. 6, ch. 98-149; s. 28, ch. 2003-36; s. 53, ch. 2006-1.
Note.Former s. 443.09.