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Maryland's Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund is in a stronger position than the trust
funds in most other states. Over the last few years Maryland has successfully reformed and
modernized our unemployment insurance system. Largely due to those reforms, we are among the smaller
number of states that currently maintains a positive trust fund . While the majority of other states are
making interest payments to the federal government, Maryland's trust fund has no debt. As a result of
these actions and as the economy improves, we expect Maryland's unemployment insurance tax rates to
decline in 2013.
Unemployment insurance fraud increases unemployment taxes for law-abiding businesses, threatens
the availability of funds for people with legitimate unemployment insurance claims and strains the
Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund. The Maryland Division of Unemployment Insurance is committed to the
prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of those who commit unemployment insurance fraud.
We are working on information technology improvements to the unemployment insurance program.
You can help in the campaign to stop fraud:
- Say something. If you know of an individual or company that may be defrauding the UI program,
report it by telephone at 1-800-492-6804, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
or download our fraud reporting form on our
web page and click on the icon labeled "Stop UI Fraud". Reports are
confidential and can be anonymous.
- Report all of your hires and rehires, as required by law, at
MD New Hire Registry. Unemployment
Insurance cross-matches data from the Federal and Maryland New Hire Registry in order to prevent
and detect the payment of benefits to individuals who are back to work.
- Respond quickly to all inquiries from Unemployment Insurance. If you use a payroll service or third
party for your unemployment insurance tax reporting, verify that your vendor is responding in a timely
manner to requests for information and earnings verifications.
Working together, we will further improve and strengthen our program.
Julie Ellen Squire