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Recovery of Overpaid Benefits– State Employers Only

Benefits are overpaid for a variety of reasons (late notification of death, other income is received while receiving disability benefits, etc.). ETF is obligated under Wis. Stats. 40.08 to recover overpaid benefits. We have historically pursued recovery of disability benefits through a variety of methods: deductions from current WRS benefits, wage actions, life insurance, death benefits, and referral to the Department of Justice, etc. Beginning April 1, 2011, we will now also utilize the Department of Revenue’s Tax Intercept and Collection programs and extend our recovery efforts to all benefits administered by ETF.

What does this means for you as a State WRS employer? If an individual is working for you, we may contact you to start a wage action if other recovery methods are unavailable to us. Please note that the majority of overpayments are not for individuals currently working for WRS employers.

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