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State To Start Seizing Federal Income Tax Refunds from People Who Undeservedly Get Jobless Benefits

Friday, February 14, 2014 at 5:20 PM

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People who’ve been cheating the state to get unemployment benefits may not get their federal tax refunds.

The state says it plans to seize the tax refunds of people who have defrauded the state’s jobless benefits system, which is owed around $40 million from people who got benefits they didn’t deserve.

Ohio Job and Family Services spokesman Ben Johnson says the refunds could take a big chunk out of that debt.

“Because its a brand new program, we can’t say for certain,” Johnson said. “But we know that New York and Illinois collected about $26 million in the first year of the program in their states. And we’re hopeful that the collections will be similar in Ohio in the first year.”

People in this category have returned to work but continue to report they’re not working. Or they collect benefits without actively seeking new jobs. Or they have lied about the reasons they’re unemployed.

ODJFS already grabs state income tax refunds from those who wrongly received benefits and have been notified that they need to pay them back.

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