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Pennsylvania First in Nation to Announce Unemployment Compensation Amnesty

Pennsylvania has broken new ground among states by announcing a program to give full or partial amnesty in an effort to recoup money that is owed to the state's Unemployment Compensation fund.  States have offered amnesty to individuals and corporations for back taxes but never before has this same effort been undertaken to attempt to collect improperly collected unemployment benefits.  Pennsylvania is hoping to collect $600 million through the program.  This opportunity is available both to individuals who improperly received benefits as well as businesses who failed to pay their share of unemployment benefits for employees.  The department divides the 130,000 individuals who collectively owe $356 million in overpaid unemployment claims into two classes: (1) fault, and (2) non-fault claimants. Fault claimants are those who knowingly gave false information on applications for jobless benefits. Non-fault claimants are ones who mistakenly received extra money from the fund. Under the amnesty programs, those who lied on their applications will have to pay back the full amount of benefits they wrongfully received but only half of the interest and penalties. The non-fault claimaints will only have to pay back half of what they owe. Once the amnesty period expires, those who fail to pay back the money owed will have liens placed against their assets along with other possible penalties. To take advantage of the Program, interested individuals or businesses should contact the Amnesty Call Center at 855-284-8545.

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