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With the rise in unemployment filings and expanded unemployment benefits introduced as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, several states across the nation are experiencing a surge in fraudulent unemployment claims.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), you may be a victim of unemployment identity theft if you received:
If you have fallen prey to unemployment fraud, the DOL and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) encourages you to take these steps:
The IRS has also stated that taxpayers who have been victims of this scam will not be required to file a Form 14039, Identity Theft Affidavit. This should be filed only if the taxpayers’ e-filed tax return is rejected because a duplicate return with their Social Security number is already on file.
Employers are often the first line of defense against unemployment fraud. To help minimize any liability, employers should:
To learn more about how unemployment fraud may impact you or your business, contact Doeren Mayhew today.
This publication is distributed for informational purposes only, with the understanding that Doeren Mayhew is not rendering legal, accounting, or other professional opinions on specific facts for matters, and, accordingly, assumes no liability whatsoever in connection with its use. Should the reader have any questions regarding any of the news articles, it is recommended that a Doeren Mayhew representative be contacted.
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