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Rates, Withholding Schedules, and Meals and Lodging Values

2018 UI, ETT, and SDI Rates

Tax rates and taxable wage limits for the last several years are listed on Tax Rates, Wage Limits, and Value of Meals and Lodging (DE 3395).

The UI rate schedule in effect for 2018 is Schedule “F+.” This is Schedule F plus a 15 percent emergency surcharge, rounded to the nearest tenth. Schedule “F+” provides for UI contribution rates from 1.5 percent to 6.2 percent. Exception: Employers subject to Section 977(c) of the CUIC must pay at the highest rate provided by law plus an additional 2 percent, see SUTA Dumping (AB 664). The taxable wage limit is $7,000 per employee. For more information about how your UI rate is determined, see Information Sheet: California System of Experience Rating (DE 231Z).

To access your 2018 UI Rate:

  1. Visit the e-Services for Business page.
  2. Select the “View your Payroll Tax Rates” link under “More Online Services.”
  3. Enter your employer payroll tax account number.
  4. Click the “Get My UI Rate” button.

Payroll agents can obtain UI rates for multiple clients by logging in to e-Services for Business and selecting “Submit Bulk Rate Inquiry” from the “I Want To" menu.

The Voluntary UI program is not in effect for 2018.

The Employment Training Tax (ETT) rate for 2018 is 0.1 percent. The UI and ETT taxable wage limit remains at $7,000 per employee per calendar year.

The State Disability Insurance (SDI) withholding rate for 2018 is 1.00 percent. The taxable wage limit is $114,967 for each employee per calendar year. The maximum to withhold for each employee is $1,149.67.

Your UI, ETT, and SDI tax rates are combined on a single rate notice, Notice of Contribution Rates and Statement of UI Reserve Account (DE 2088). The DE 2088 will be mailed to you in December, with a mailing date of December 29. Employers will have 60 days from the December 29 mailing date to protest any item on the DE 2088 except SDI and ETT, which are specifically set by law.

New employers: You are assigned a 3.4 percent UI tax rate for a period of two to three years. This will depend on when you meet the criteria under Section 982(b) of the California Unemployment Insurance Code (CUIC). If you purchased an established business, you have the option of acquiring the previous owner’s UI tax rate (see Purchasing a Business With Employees).

Find previous years rates by visiting the UI, ETT, and SDI Rates – Historical page.

California Withholding Schedules

California provides two methods for determining the amount to be withheld from wages and salaries for state personal income tax.


Find previous years schedules by visiting the Withholding Schedules – Historical page.

2018 Meals and Lodging Values

2018 Meal Values for Non-Maritime Employees*
Meal Value
Breakfast $2.40
Lunch $3.55
Dinner $5.65
Total $11.60
A meal not identified as either breakfast, lunch, or dinner $4.15

Lodging Value

Value is set at 66-2/3 percent of the ordinary rental value to the public, but not in excess of $1,456.00 per month or less than $47.25 per week.

2018 Meal and Quarters Values for Licensed Maritime Employees
Licensed Personnel Value
Meals $11.60
Quarters $9.85
Total per day $21.45

2018 Meal and Quarters Values for Unlicensed Maritime Employees
Unlicensed Personnel Value
Meals $11.60
Quarters $6.70
Total per day $18.30


Lodging value is $47.25 per week or $6.70 per day for periods of less than a week.
(*Maritime employees’ values of meals and lodging are different than all other employees and are shown in the above table. Lodging values for maritime employees apply only when the facilities meet specific minimum standards.)

Find previous years values by visiting the Meals and Lodging – Historical page.

For assistance, call the Taxpayer Assistance Center at 1-888-745-3886 or visit your local Employment Tax Office.