Unemployment Identity Theft – Department of labor
Report unemployment identity theft: Unemployment identity theft fraud
Cases are now rampant of unemployment fraud claims that are filed by organized crime using identities that are stolen or purchased through breaching data, Benefits are collected fraudulently by criminals using stolen identified by multiple states.
How to know you are a victim of unemployment identity theft
Lots of people notice they receive notification in their mail on payment or state-issued 1099-G tax forms that are not correct for benefits, a sample of 1099-G on www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f1099g.pdf.
What do you will received to know you are a victim of unemployment identity theft
- Mail from a government about an unemployment claim or payment that you didn’t file to receive unemployment benefits attached with unexpected debit cards or payment from any state.
- A 1099 – G tax form showing unemployment benefits that are not expected, the form is shown to you may be from a state that you do not live or file your benefits from.
- At the period you are still employed, notice through your employer stating that your employer got a request for information about an unemployment claim in your name.
How to report unemployment identity theft
- At the period you file incomes taxes, income only will be received, do not wait to get a corrected 1099-G to file your taxes.
1. Do not report the incorrect 1099-G income on your tax return when you have not file your taxes yet.
2. Do not file an amended return when you already filed your taxes.
Report unemployment identify theft to the state where it started.
- Additional requirements of the documentation might be needed, such as filing a police report or a sworn affidavit to open investigation, the case will be reviewed by them and they will make a determination. Every state has various requirements with different processes for investigating identity theft.
- . At the period you get the 1099-G tax form for benefits you didn’t get, the corrected 1099-G tax form will be issued by the state and will be updated in the tax record with IRS on your behalf.
- Check your credit report for suspicious activity or unauthorized lines of credit opened. Request free credit reports all week through each of three credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian, Transunion) through AnnualCreditReport.com or call 1- 877-322-8228, your name, address, social security number, and date of birth to verify your identity will be required.
Some states may refer to unemployment as “reemployment assistance” or may refer to identity theft as “imposter fraud”“. Report technical issues, accessibility problems, or broken links in the state directory, contact ETAfeedback@dol.gov.
Unemployment Identity Theft state Directory