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July General Ledger

Fourth of July Hours
In honor of America’s Birthday, our office will be closed on Monday, July 5th, and will reopen on Tuesday, July 6th.

Have a safe and happy holiday!

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR & INDUSTRY

Fraudulent claims filed via identity theft are on the rise nationally in an unprecedented way. Here are some warning signs that a fraudulent unemployment claim was filed involving you or your company:

• You receive paperwork/notice for an employee who never worked for you. We hear employers say: “I don’t know why this person would have entered me as their employer. I never heard of this person.” The answer is: because it probably wasn’t a person, it was probably a robot filing multiple claims at a time and choosing random Pennsylvania employers. Mark “Never worked here” on the form and send it back to The Labor & Industry office per the enclosed instructions.

• You receive paperwork/notice for an employee who is fully employed by you, talk to the employee to ask if he/she opened a claim. Most times, they have no idea this is happening and are unaware that their identity is being used by a fraudster. If they did not file the unemployment claim, instruct the employee to report the fraud to The Labor & Industry website.

They recently updated their fraud reporting links:
o Unemployment compensation fraud
o Federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) fraud

These forms can also be completed over the phone by calling the PA UC Fraud Hotline at 800-692-7469.

• You receive paperwork for yourself, your identity was stolen and you should report the fraud using the appropriate method as mentioned above. If you do receive paperwork, it does not necessarily mean that payments have or will be made on that claim. Regardless, it is important for you to report it as soon as possible. In the end, you will not be charged for benefits paid to fraudsters through identity theft. If payments are not stopped upfront, there will be an overpayment set up when the situation is investigated. As always, overpayments credit your account and you are not charged for benefits which were overpaid.

City of Philadelphia Wage Tax Rates Update
The city of Philadelphia recently announced that the Wage Tax rate will decrease for both residents and non-residents starting July 1, 2021.
• The new Wage Tax rate for residents of Philadelphia is 3.8398% (.038398).
• The new Wage Tax rate for non-residents who are subject to the Philadelphia City Wage Tax is 3.4481% (.034481).

What this means for you:
Any paycheck that is issued with a pay date after June 30, 2021 must have Philadelphia City Wage Tax withheld at the new rate for residents and non-residents.

Still have questions? Reach out to revenue@phila.gov or call (215) 686-6600.

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