Each year, employers work to reduce their unemployment insurance taxes, keep turnover rates low and ensure that their staff is as strong as possible. However, claims do happen – and a significant amount of money is paid out to recently jobless Americans.

In some cases, not all of those benefits are deserved. According to The Associated Press, the U.S. government has made roughly $100 billion in improper payments in 2013 alone. That includes tax credits, medical expenses and unemployment insurance. In fact, that estimate could even be on the low end of the spectrum. As a result of these findings, the federal government has revamped its efforts to keep incorrect payments as low as possible.

“Nobody knows exactly how much taxpayer money is wasted through improper payments, but the federal government’s own astounding estimate is more than half a trillion dollars over the past five years,” said Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., The AP reported. “The fact is, improper payments are staggeringly high in programs designed to help those most in need – children, seniors and low-income families.”

In an attempt to prevent improper payments, the government has managed to recoup at least $22 billion in overpayments in 2013, the media outlet noted. This has been achieved via improved transparency, accountability and other methods. Even so, last year’s total of incorrect payments for unemployment insurance totaled $6.2 billion.

Take steps to ensure accuracy
While improper payments can occur for a variety of reasons – fraud included – employers still have options to reduce this likelihood and ensure accuracy. For starters, it is possible to protest a former employee’s claim, arguing that their situation excludes them from benefits.

That can be the case for several reasons. For example:

If any of these instances apply to your terminated workers, you may have a case that they are not eligible. But, not every claim can be ruled down. Therefore, you should look into each specific situation and determine whether or not you are confident with the facts.

Not all unemployment insurance claims are worth protesting, either. However, those that are require some crucial steps beforehand. At Corporate Cost Control, we have a team committed to the process, with expert knowledge in state unemployment agency adjudication and hearings. Working closely with you, we can achieve a positive resolution to all claims disputes.


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