What penalties can be assessed against employers?

A penalty may be assessed when an employer commits fraud by misrepresenting, misstating, or failing to disclose information in order to deny unemployment benefits. For a first occurrence of fraud, the amount of penalty is 25 percent of the amount of benefits denied. The amount of penalty goes up to 100 percent of the amount of benefits denied for subsequent occurrences of fraud.

An employer also can be found guilty of a misdemeanor and subject to a fine or imprisonment in the county jail for making a false statement or knowingly failing to disclose a material fact to prevent or reduce the payment of unemployment benefits.

Unemployment - Employers

  1. I no longer have employees. How do I close my unemployment tax account?
  2. What is a benefit claim?
  3. How is eligibility determined?
  4. How much can claimants receive?
  5. When and for how long can benefits be claimed?
  6. Will the employer be notified when a claim is filed?
  7. How can the employer protest the claim?
  8. What happens after an employer files a protest?
  9. Can an employer appeal a deputy’s determination?
  10. What penalties can be assessed against employers?
  11. What is a Mass Claim?
  12. What is the Shared Work Program?
  13. How can I request a work search waiver (recall date) for my employees who will be laid off on a temporary basis?
  14. What is the taxable wage base?
  15. How do I figure excess wages?
  16. Do I use the wages paid by the previous owner of my business when figuring excess wages?
  17. How should I report a probationary worker?
  18. Do I have to report family members?
  19. Is a cafeteria plan reportable and taxable?
  20. I didn′t pay wages this quarter. Do I have to file a Quarterly CW Report anyway?
  21. How do I adjust wages that I reported previously?
  22. How do I report workers who work in more than one state?
  23. Do I have to pay Missouri unemployment tax?
  24. How do I get set up to pay state unemployment tax?
  25. What will my tax rate be?
  26. Now that I have employees, what other agencies should I contact?
  27. Where can I get a Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN)?
  28. What are the requirements for federal unemployment tax?
  29. Is Missouri a "credit reduction state"?
  30. How can I reduce my tax rate?
  31. Am I required to file the Missouri Quarterly Contribution and Wage Report electronically?
  32. How, when, and where to submit or mail my Quarterly CW Reports, payments, and magnetic media?

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