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State agency fines dealership for failing to file wage reports

July 18, 2014
The Illinois Department of Employment Security fined a northwest suburban dealership $1,600 for failing to submit monthly and quarterly contribution and wage reports, as necessitated by a newer state law.
The law took effect in June 2012, but the monthly reporting requirement was phased in based on the number of workers at a business: 250 or more, January 2013; 100-249, July 2013; 50-99, January 2014; 25-49, July 2014.
The dealership began submitting reports in January, not knowing its filing requirements actually began six months earlier. The fine notification came after the store’s reporting began.
The law, referred to as the Save Medicaid Access and Resources Together (SMART) Act, was designed to root out waste, fraud and abuse in the state’s Medicaid program.
The dealership controller said the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services told her it relied on an outside agency to tell companies when their reporting requirements began. 
"The state has no proof that anybody was notified," she said, "but it doesn’t matter.
"They said that they sent it. There was no accountability, no responsibility. We would have done the reporting sooner if we had known."
And the state agency has cast a wide net with its fines, even assessing municipalities and other government units.
For businesses with 25-49 employees, which must begin reporting this month, go to