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Department of Taxation and Finance

Employer Compensation Expense Program (ECEP)

Enrollment for the Employer Compensation Expense Program is now open. See Employer Compensation Expense Program (ECEP) Employer Election to enroll online by December 1, 2018, for calendar year 2019.

The Employer Compensation Expense Program (ECEP) established a new optional Employer Compensation Expense Tax (ECET) that employers can elect to pay if they have employees that earn over $40,000 annually in wages and compensation in New York State.

Employee wages covered by the ECET

If you elect into the ECEP for the year, you will pay the ECET on the New York payroll expense that exceeds $40,000 for the calendar year paid to each employee employed in New York State.

Rate of tax

The ECET is being phased in over three years as follows: 

Tax rates
For quarters in tax year: The rate of tax is:
2019 1 1/2%
2020 3%
2021 and after 5%


  • An employer will make an annual affirmative election to participate in the ECEP no later than December 1 to pay the optional tax in the following calendar year.
  • The initial election must be made no later than December 1, 2018.
  • An employer will make their election using their Business Online Services account. See Employer Compensation Expense Program (ECEP) Employer Election.
  • If you elect, you should communicate to your employees:
    • that you made the election for the year,
    • that covered employees making over $40,000 may be eligible for a tax credit when filing their income tax return and should review their IT-2104, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate to adjust their withholding, and
    • the amount of wages subject to ECET for the year (the Department’s website will provide a sample template that can be used to communicate this amount to covered employees).

When to file and pay

  • The ECET will be paid on the same dates that your withholding tax payments are required to be made.
  • The quarterly returns are due on the same dates that your withholding tax returns are due:
Quarters and due dates
Quarter Due Date*
January 1 - March 31 April 30
April 1 - June 30 July 31
July 1 - September 30 October 31
October 1 - December 31 January 31

* When the due date falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, you may report and pay on the next business day.

How to file and pay 

  • Although the ECET return and payments are due at the same time as your withholding tax, you must file and pay the taxes separately. You must file all quarterly ECET returns and make all payments online.

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