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Medical Identity Theft on the Rise

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Medical identity theft and fraud are rising as more private patient data is put online without adequate security measures. Not only are patients being billed for treatments they never received, medical records are being altered in ways that can have life-threatening consequences. In the most recent survey conducted by the Identity Theft Resource Center, medical identity [Read More…]

Tax Intelligence: Compliance Pays When Bundled with WOTC

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Situation Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) provides a federal tax incentive for each eligible hire. Employers are challenged to meet screening and compliance regulations and deadlines when assessing new hire eligibility, potentially leaving millions of dollars of tax credit savings on the table.  Screening percentages and compliance are key performance indicators for the WOTC program.  [Read More…]

WOTC Legislation: House Passes One-year Renewal

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On Wednesday, with a vote of 378-46, the U.S. House of Representatives approved H.R. 5771, the “Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014″.  Included in this bill is a one year extension of WOTC and other expired tax provisions including the Indian Employment Credit and the Federal Empowerment Zone Credit.  The Senate is expected to pass [Read More…]

Attacking Identity Theft and Fraud with Analytics

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According to a recent study there was a increase of more than 500,000 fraud victims to 13.1 million people in 2013, the second highest number since the study began. Analytics that separate the real person from the fraudster using someone else’s name help provide maximum protection against identity theft. Our sources of credit, collections, and other private [Read More…]

WOTC Legislation: Call to Action

WOTC hiatus: call to action

The legislative authority of the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (“WOTC”) expired on January 1, 2014.  The program is currently in a hiatus period and requires reauthorization by act of Congress.  Employers can go to WOTCmeansjobs.com, a legislative advocacy site, to send a direct message to their Senator to advocate for a long-term renewal of these [Read More…]

Move Past Secrets to Real Identity Verification

Account Takeover Protection for Online and Mobile Banking

Prior to the burst of social media sharing, little known facts about our lives were widely used for authentication before we were permitted access to sensitive information. For example, if someone called a retail bank to check a balance or question a DDA fee, she would provide identifying information for herself and her account, and [Read More…]

E-Verify Announcements – myE-Verify and Record Disposal

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E-Verify has been active recently with several new announcements over the past few weeks.  While they may not have a significant immediate impact, the release of myE-Verify along with new Record Disposal rules present a perfect opportunity to review your overall procedures related to E-Verify.  Highlights of the recent announcements include the following: myE-Verify: A [Read More…]

Thwarting True Name Fraud Like Never Before

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Identity theft impacts over 15 million US consumers a year, at a cost to businesses of over $50 billion annually. Many of us are worried about our identities being stolen. Can more be done to protect the consumer? Absolutely. More also needs to be done to protect businesses from fraud and theft based on identity [Read More…]

Hackers Leave Customers Everywhere At Risk

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Before most systems are hacked, a personal or corporate identity is compromised – online or offline. An initial compromise may be a very sophisticated, software-driven breach of a website’s infrastructure; such as the recent data breach reported last month at JP Morgan, where it’s reported that Russian-based hackers took advantage of a technical flaw in [Read More…]

Charge Auditing: Prevent Improper UC Benefits Payments

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While the prevention of improper unemployment benefits via compliant claims response remains the primary focus of UI integrity legislation, the rapid identification of these charges (after they begin) can also go a long way toward reducing the $5 billion in overpayments. Improper charges can have a direct effect on your company’s unemployment experience, potentially causing [Read More…]