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Proposal to extend last year’s dividend

Resource Provider: Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation

COLUMBUS – Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has requested that the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) Board of Directors expand the agency’s December 2020 $5 billion dividend to approximately 3,000 employers who did not originally meet eligibility requirements.

The requested expansion would allow for approximately $30 million to go to the previously ineligible employers who, through no fault of their own, could not perform their 2019 “True-Up” in the timeframe for the dividend return.

“Expanding eligibility to these 3,000 employers is the right thing to do to help keep our economy strong, keep businesses open, and keep Ohioans employed,” said Governor DeWine. “We are fortunate to be in a position to support the businesses who play a critical role in helping our economy thrive.”

At Governor DeWine’s request, BWC’s Board has authorized more than $9.2 billion in dividends to Ohio employers since 2019.

If the expansion is approved by the Board, BWC will communicate directly with eligible employers. BWC will first apply the dividend to an employer’s unpaid premium balance, then send a check for the rest. Employers that receive this dividend may receive an IRS 1099 tax form in January 2022.

For frequently asked questions, visit this page on BWC’s website.