Government Insights

Rethinking Remote ID Proofing

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It’s been over ten years since federal guidance for remote identity proofing first came about and lots of discussions are underway about what those standards should look like now. Between calls for increased online security and the death of the password, the question is what might replace the methods in place now. Paul Grassi, Senior [Read More…]

Tax Intelligence: Understanding SUI Tax Rate Notices

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Situation As of the issuance of this Tax Intelligence, only five (5) states have yet to issue calendar year 2015 state unemployment insurance (“SUI”) tax rate notices: HI, MA, MS, NY, and PR. With 53 separate jurisdictions issuing SUI tax rate notices, understanding each can be complex. To complicate matters, as organic growth and merger [Read More…]

Data Privacy Helps Maintain Account Security

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The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) hosts a Data Privacy Day each year on January 28. This event highlights the importance of keeping personally-identifiable information (PII) secure – which works to prevent online fraud. According to the NCSA, six in ten small businesses (59%) say they do not require any multi-factor authentication for access to any [Read More…]

WOTC: Processing 2014 Certification Requests

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In light of the retroactive renewal of WOTC as part of the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014, the Department of Labor has issued internal guidance to the State Workforce Agencies on processing of 2014 certification requests.  The guidance instructs the Workforce Agencies to begin making determinations for all certification requests for hire dates in [Read More…]

WOTC Back in Hiatus

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As of January 1, 2015, the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is back in hiatus.  Previously, WOTC was retroactively renewed to allow certifications for all hires made in 2014.  During hiatus all WOTC form filing rules and guidelines are in force.  The State Workforce Agencies will be accepting certification request, marking them as received timely, [Read More…]

Medical Identity Theft on the Rise

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Medical identity theft and fraud are rising as more private patient data is put online without adequate security measures. Not only are patients being billed for treatments they never received, medical records are being altered in ways that can have life-threatening consequences. In the most recent survey conducted by the Identity Theft Resource Center, medical identity [Read More…]

Tax Intelligence: Compliance Pays When Bundled with WOTC

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Situation Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) provides a federal tax incentive for each eligible hire. Employers are challenged to meet screening and compliance regulations and deadlines when assessing new hire eligibility, potentially leaving millions of dollars of tax credit savings on the table.  Screening percentages and compliance are key performance indicators for the WOTC program.  [Read More…]

WOTC Legislation: House Passes One-year Renewal

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On Wednesday, with a vote of 378-46, the U.S. House of Representatives approved H.R. 5771, the “Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014″.  Included in this bill is a one year extension of WOTC and other expired tax provisions including the Indian Employment Credit and the Federal Empowerment Zone Credit.  The Senate is expected to pass [Read More…]

Attacking Identity Theft and Fraud with Analytics

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According to a recent study there was a increase of more than 500,000 fraud victims to 13.1 million people in 2013, the second highest number since the study began. Analytics that separate the real person from the fraudster using someone else’s name help provide maximum protection against identity theft. Our sources of credit, collections, and other private [Read More…]