Quantcast

UC amnesty nearly over - abc27 WHTM

UC amnesty nearly over

Posted: Updated:
HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

For a typically mundane government agency, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry has a bold website for its amnesty program: payitback.pa.gov.

Banners on the site in large type ominously scream:

YOU KNOW YOU OWE.

MAKE IT RIGHT.

PAY IT BACK.

There's also a radio blitz in the Philadelphia and Harrisburg media markets with a serious-toned man and woman saying time is running out and to pay up now or face higher penalties and "even legal action."

The state is pursuing workers who were overpaid unemployment compensation and collected money they didn't deserve.

It's also after employers who didn't pay unemployment taxes into the fund for their employees.

Those offenders can settle up now without penalty and only half the usual interest.

"These people know who they are," Labor and Industry Secretary Julia Hearthway said. "They know how much they owe. They've all gotten numerous letters. They just need to take the step and pay it."

"It's been a great program," said Dave Reinhart, a CPA with Hershey firm Smoker, Smith & Associates.

Reinhart said a handful of his clients have taken advantage of the no-fee amnesty. He encourages everyone to pay up before the fees go up.

"Over time, if you go back one, two or a three-year period, those penalties can actually outweigh the total amount of tax that's owed for that period of time," he said.

Cue the deep-voiced woman in the radio spot, "the clock is ticking and time is running out."

The grace period is the state dangling a carrot. It ends August 31. The state will then employ the stick and aggressively pursue violators.

"You could have liens placed against you," Hearthway said. "You could have your credit rating destroyed. If you're collecting unemployment in the future, those unemployment payments will be withheld until that debt is paid."

Hearthway also said she's talked to district attorneys around the state to pursue legal action against those identified as non-compliant.

Of course, nobody likes paying more in taxes.

Nobody likes giving back money they've already spent.

But procrastinate another week and that bill will only get higher.

This is the first time L&I has offered such amnesty and Reinhart insists its wise to take the deal.

"That doesn't mean they have to like it, but it gives them the opportunity to pay it and perhaps sleep better at night," he said.

 

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • State police arrest man for aggravated assault

    State police arrest man for aggravated assault

    Saturday, August 30 2014 2:10 PM EDT2014-08-30 18:10:05 GMT
    State police say a Dauphin County man is behind bars for aggravated assault.Troopers were called to a home on the 100-block of South Second Street around 3:35 Friday afternoon.According to state police, they received a complaint that 48 year old Robert Dale Beaver, Jr. allegedly took prescription drugs, and was carrying a knife and big stick.Troopers say Beaver was looking to pick a fight.Investigators say Beaver refused to listen to commands and reached for the knife in an attempt to attack ...More >>
    State police say a Dauphin County man is behind bars for aggravated assault.Troopers were called to a home on the 100-block of South Second Street around 3:35 Friday afternoon.According to state police, they received a complaint that 48 year old Robert Dale Beaver, Jr. allegedly took prescription drugs, and was carrying a knife and big stick.Troopers say Beaver was looking to pick a fight.Investigators say Beaver refused to listen to commands and reached for the knife in an attempt to attack ...More >>
  • At an intersection with no crossing guard, retired Marine steps up to help

    At an intersection with no crossing guard, retired Marine steps up to help

    Saturday, August 30 2014 10:28 AM EDT2014-08-30 14:28:46 GMT
    A retired Marine has gained national attention after he put on his dress blues to help students cross a busy street near a city elementary school It was last year Cpl. Lewis Alston, 63, Lititz, noticed South Duke Street and North Street did not have a crossing guard. The intersection is near Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School. So Alston, a chaplain for the Lancaster County Marine Corps League, took action. “What I did was the first day of school, on Monday; I was at a funeral service be...More >>
    A retired Marine has gained national attention after he put on his dress blues to help students cross a busy street near a city elementary school It was last year Cpl. Lewis Alston, 63, Lititz, noticed South Duke Street and North Street did not have a crossing guard. The intersection is near Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School. So Alston, a chaplain for the Lancaster County Marine Corps League, took action. “What I did was the first day of school, on Monday; I was at a funeral service be...More >>
  • Police investigate string of car and home break-ins

    Police investigate string of car and home break-ins

    Saturday, August 30 2014 1:15 PM EDT2014-08-30 17:15:22 GMT
    Police in Lower Paxton Township are investigating another string of car and home break-ins.According to police, two homes on Wesley Driver were reported broken into.One home had cash from a wallet stolen, and a purse was reportedly rifled through.Police say entry was gained through an unlocked door.The second home did not have anything reported missing, but investigators say entry was gained by using a key which was left in a car parked in the driveway.In addition to these incidents, police s...More >>
    Police in Lower Paxton Township are investigating another string of car and home break-ins.According to police, two homes on Wesley Driver were reported broken into.One home had cash from a wallet stolen, and a purse was reportedly rifled through.Police say entry was gained through an unlocked door.The second home did not have anything reported missing, but investigators say entry was gained by using a key which was left in a car parked in the driveway.In addition to these incidents, police s...More >>
Powered by WorldNow