BWC’s Destination Excellence & Alternative Rating Program Changes
The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) has approved a number of changes to its alternative rating programs. These changes are designed to encourage meaningful behaviors by employers. Specific areas of focus are injury prevention, loss control and return-to-work efforts.
Taken together, the significance of these changes is that the maximum allowable discount through traditional group experience rating has increased to 53% for the 2012 policy year from its prior 51% ceiling.
BWC has branded these changes and new programs, Destination Excellence. Below is a summary of the changes made to various existing programs as well as new initiatives created to improve loss control and employer behavior.
Avoid Becoming Victims of Tax Scams
The IRS has noted an increase in tax-return related scams, frequently involving unsuspecting taxpayers who normally do not have a filing requirement in the first place. These taxpayers are led to believe they should file a return with the IRS for tax credits, refunds or rebates for which they are not really entitled.
Many of these recent scams have been targeted in the South and Midwest. Most paid tax return preparers provide honest and professional service, but there are some who engage in fraud and other illegal activities.
Unscrupulous promoters deceive people into paying for advice on how to file false claims. Some promoters may charge unreasonable amounts for preparing legitimate returns that could have been prepared for free by the IRS or IRS sponsored Volunteer Income Tax Assistance partners. In other situations, identity theft is involved.