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REPORTING UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE FRAUD

UI fraud can be committed by individuals claiming UI benefits and by employers failing to pay UI taxes on wages paid to workers. The Department of Workforce Services needs your help with preventing claimant and employer UI fraud.

Claimant Fraud

The most prevelant form of claimant UI fraud involves individuals that are working and collecting UI benefits. UI fraud also includes claimants certifying that they are making the required number of jobs contacts and/or that they are able and available for work when in fact they are not. If you are aware of anyone that is working and attempting to collect UI benefits or that is certifying that they are making job contacts or that they are able and available for work when they are not, then help stop UI fraud by clicking on REPORT CLAIMANT FRAUD and reporting the activity. If you prefer, you may report the fraud by telephone at: 501-682-1058. Your identity will remain confidential.

Employer Fraud

Employers commit UI fraud in several ways. One way that fraud is committed by employers is when an employer pays a worker without any of the required federal/state withholdings. Generally, the payments are made in cash or with a personal check. Another way in which employers commit UI fraud involves the misclassification of workers as Independent Contractors. No withholdings are made and the worker generally receives an IRS 1099 form each year. In most instances, if a worker is performing services for an employer on a routine basis, the worker is an employee, not an Independent Contractor, and UI taxes must be paid by the employer on the individual's behalf. If you are aware of an employer that is paying cash or misclassifying its workers as Independent Contractors, then help stop UI fraud by clicking on REPORT EMPLOYER FRAUD and reporting the activity. If you prefer, you may report the fraud by telephone at: 501-682-1058. Your identity will remain confidential.