File No. 36760
This rule was published in the October 1, 2012, issue (Vol. 2012, No. 19) of the Utah State Bulletin.
Workforce Services, Unemployment Insurance
Repayment and Collection of Fault Overpayments
Notice of Proposed Rule
DAR File No.: 36760
Filed: 09/13/2012 03:40:00 PM
Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:
The purpose of this amendment is to add a provision allowing the Department to recover overpayments from federal income refunds.
Summary of the rule or change:
The Department has decided to participate in a federal program which will allow the Department to intercept federal income tax refunds for fraud and fault overpayments when the claimant failed to report wages. This will only apply to claimants who have failed to make payments as agreed and the Department has obtained a warrant.
State statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:
- Section 35A-4-406
- Section 35A-1-104
- Subsection 35A-4-502(1)(b)
- Subsection 35A-1-104(4)
Anticipated cost or savings to:
the state budget:
This is a federally-funded program so there are no costs or savings to the state budget. Although it is anticipated the Department will collect more outstanding and overdue overpayments, and those collections will be returned to the state where the state paid the benefits, it is not anticipated this will generate sufficient sums to affect the state budget.
This is a federally-funded program so there are no costs of savings to local government. However it is anticipated the Department will collect more overpayments which will be refunded to the appropriate employer account.
There are no costs or savings to small businesses as there are no fees associated with this program and it is federally funded. However it is anticipated the Department will collect more overpayments which will be refunded to the appropriate employer account.
persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local governmental entities:
There are no costs or savings to any other persons or small businesses as there are no fees associated with this program and it is federally funded.
Compliance costs for affected persons:
There are no costs or savings to any affected persons as there are no fees associated with this program and it is federally funded. These changes will not impact any employer's contribution rate however it is anticipated the Department will collect more overpayments which will be refunded to the appropriate employer account.
Comments by the department head on the fiscal impact the rule may have on businesses:
There are no compliance costs associated with this change. There are no fees associated with this change. There will be no cost to anyone to comply with these changes. There will be no fiscal impact on any business. These changes will have no impact on any employers contribution tax rate.
Jon Pierpont, Acting Executive Director
The full text of this rule may be inspected, during regular business hours, at the Division of Administrative Rules, or at:Workforce Services
140 E 300 S
SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84111-2333
Direct questions regarding this rule to:
- Suzan Pixton at the above address, by phone at 801-526-9645, by FAX at 801-526-9211, or by Internet E-mail at email@example.com
Interested persons may present their views on this rule by submitting written comments to the address above no later than 5:00 p.m. on:
This rule may become effective on:
Jon Pierpont, Acting Executive Director
R994. Workforce Services, Unemployment Insurance.
R994-406. Fraud, Fault and Nonfault Overpayments.
R994-406-302. Repayment and Collection of Fault Overpayments.
(1) When the claimant has been determined to be "at fault" in the creation of an overpayment, the overpayment must be repaid. If the claimant is otherwise eligible and files for additional benefits during the same or any subsequent benefit year, 100% of the benefit payment to which the claimant is entitled will be used to reduce the overpayment.
(2) Discretion for Repayment.
(a) Full restitution is required for all fault overpayments. However, legal collection proceedings may be held in abeyance at the Department's discretion and the overpayment will be deducted from future benefits payable during the current or subsequent benefit years. Discretion will only be exercised if the Department or the employer share fault in the creation of the overpayment but it is determined the claimant was more at fault under the provisions of rule R994-403-119e.
(3) Collection Procedures.
(a) The Department will send an initial overpayment notice on all outstanding fault or fraud overpayments. If, after 15 days, the claimant does not either make payment in full or enter into an installment payment agreement as provided in subsection (4) below the account is considered delinquent and the claimant is notified that a warrant will be filed unless a payment is received or an installment agreement entered into within 15 days. However, there may be other circumstances under which a warrant may be filed on any outstanding overpayment. A warrant attaches a lien to any personal or real property and establishes a judgment that is collectible under Utah Rules of Civil Procedure.
(b) All outstanding overpayments on which a lien has been filed are reported to the State Division of Finance for collection whereby any refunds due to the claimant from State income tax or any such rebates, refunds, or other amounts owed by the state and subject to legal attachment may be applied against the overpayment.
c]) No warrant will be issued on fault overpayments provided
the claimant entered into an installment agreement within 30 days
of the issuance of the initial overpayment notice and all payments
are made in a timely manner in accordance with the installment
(4) Installment Payments.
(a) If repayment in full has not been made within 30 days of the initial overpayment notice or the claimant has not voluntarily entered into an installment agreement, the Department will allow the claimant to pay in installments by notifying the claimant in writing of the minimum installment payment which the claimant is required to make. If the claimant is unable to make the minimum installment payments, the claimant may request a review within ten days of the date written notice is mailed.
(b) Whether voluntarily or involuntary, installment payments will be established as follows:
If the entire overpayment is:
(i) $3,000 or less, the monthly installment payment is equal to 50% of claimant's weekly benefit entitlement
(ii) $3,001 to 5,000, the monthly installment payment is equal to 100% of claimant's weekly benefit entitlement
(iii) $5,001 to 10,000 the monthly installment payment is equal to 125% of claimant's weekly benefit entitlement
(iv) $10,001 or more the monthly installment payment is equal to 150% of claimant's weekly benefit entitlement
(c) Installment agreements will not be approved in amounts less than those established above except in cases where the claimant meets the requirements of economically disadvantaged as defined in R994-406-203(1)(b)(iii). On a periodic basis the Department may send notice to the claimant requesting verification of his or her disadvantaged status. If the claimant fails to provide the verification as requested, or no longer qualifies for a lesser installment payment, the Department will send the claimant a new monthly payment amount. The new installment payment amount may be in accordance with the percentages in subparagraph (b) or a lesser amount depending on the information received from the claimant.
(d) Minimum monthly installment agreement payments must be received by the Department by the last day of each month. Payments not made timely are considered delinquent.
(5) Offsetting overpayments with subsequent eligible weeks.
If an overpayment is set up under Section R994-406-201 or R994-406-301 for weeks paid on a claim, the claimant may repay the overpayment by filing for open weeks in the same benefit year after the claim has been exhausted, provided the claimant is otherwise eligible. 100% of the compensation amount for each eligible week claimed will be credited to the established overpayment(s) up to the total amount of the outstanding overpayment balance owed to the Department.
KEY: overpayments, unemployment compensation
Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: [
April 1, 2010]
Notice of Continuation: May 22, 2012
Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: 35A-4-406(2); 35A-4-406(3); 35A-4-406(4); 35A-4-406(5)
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