Fraud Prevention: Crimes against Revenue on the Rise

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Fraud perpetrated by or on behalf of local public assistance recipients continues to be a recurring sore spot in the ability of local jurisdictions to control growing costs, and improve revenue collections and use. “Crimes against revenue” is a particular phrase used over past years by localities seeking to address this kind of public sector [Read More…]

Illinois Budget Deficit Spurs Incentive Cuts

Illinois Budget Deficit

With a proposed budget deficit of nearly $4 billion for the 2016 fiscal year, the Illinois Governor’s Office has issued a press release which places a hold on certain future incentives for businesses. Effective immediately, the state is suspending all new applications for the Economic Development for a Growing Economy (EDGE) Tax Credit Program, Large [Read More…]

Tennessee Community Resurgence Job Tax Credit

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To help encourage job growth in impoverished areas of the state, Tennessee has recently passed legislation which enacts the Community Resurgence Job Tax Credit. Effective July 1, 2015, this credit provides $2,500 for each new full-time job created in a high-poverty area. The credit is available to businesses of any industry type which create at [Read More…]

ETS Tax Intelligence: SUI Account Consolidations

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Situation All states have unemployment insurance (“SUI”) anti-abuse provisions mandated by the passage of the SUTA Dumping Prevention Act of 2004.  In addition, many states have enacted even more stringent provisions aimed at further preventing manipulation of the joint federal-state unemployment insurance program.  One of these provisions is often referred to generically as an “account [Read More…]

UI Integrity: Let’s Get Ed-UC-ated

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Unemployment Insurance (UI) Integrity has been a trending topic in Unemployment Cost Management for the past couple of years.  The waters are proving to be somewhat murky and the flow of guidance from state to state can be inconsistent. History In 2009, with unemployment rates nearly double historical norms, UI benefit payments increased significantly and [Read More…]

A Deep Dive into ACA IRS Reporting with Intuit and Equifax

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A Deep Dive into ACA IRS Reporting with Intuit and Equifax Form 1095 for the Affordable Care Act is often called the “W-2 of benefits”. However, the stakes are much higher when it comes to reporting under ACA because this information will determine the penalties that you and your employees could face for failing to [Read More…]

ETS Tax Intelligence: Worker Misclassification

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Background The courts and other governmental authorities [including the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”), the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”), and state workforce agencies (“SWAs”)] have addressed the issue of worker misclassification for decades.  These government authorities believe that when a worker is considered an employee, and not an independent contractor (“IC”), workforce compliance and the [Read More…]

TCI Tax Intelligence: WOTC Transition Relief

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Situation The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) program had been in hiatus since Jan 1, 2014.  On December 19, 2014, legislation was enacted to extend the WOTC program through December 31, 2014. While many employers may have continued to screen applicants and submit 8850s for certification during that time period, some employers either did not [Read More…]

Decoding ACA: IRS Reporting and Subsidy Management

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Decoding ACA: IRS Reporting and Subsidy Management Webinar: Tuesday | April 21 | 2:00 PM EDT IRS reporting forms 1094 and 1095 for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have been finalized and coding the forms can be especially complex when taking into consideration new concepts such as limited non-assessment periods, affordability safe harbors, and varying [Read More…]

Webcast Summary: Out-Of-State Wage Credits

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Overview Prior to beginning a discussion on out-of-state wage credits, it is necessary to understand the concept of state unemployment insurance (“SUI”) sourcing.  Employers and state workforce agencies are required to use what is known as the “four-factor test” to determine the state to which an employee’s wages are to be reported when employees work [Read More…]