AG Nessel and UIA Alert Residents on Tax Form for Victims of Identity Theft in Unemployment Claim | News, Sports, Jobs
LANSING – Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency Inform Individuals of Important Tax Documents for People at Risk of Identity Theft Following Claims for widespread fraudulent unemployment in 2020.
While tax season is underway, the Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) has started issuing 1099-G tax forms to all claimants who have received unemployment benefits. If someone receives a UIA 1099 form but has not received unemployment benefits, that person is likely the victim of identity theft and should report it immediately. The envelope containing UIA Form 1099 will include instructions on what to do with identity theft victims. Please follow these instructions carefully.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the employment status of many Michiganders and has enabled crooks to find new ways to take advantage of unsuspecting individuals,” said Nessel. “I urge anyone who is a victim of identity theft to take action and report it immediately. It’s also a good time to remind everyone to be careful about sharing your personal and financial information with others.
“We will continue to work to eliminate the impostor fraud that affects so many Michiganders”, said Liza Estlund Olson, Interim Director of the UIA. “We urge everyone to follow the advice of our website and the Attorney General and IRS to protect you and report identity theft.”
The law requires the UIA to issue a Form 1099 to every claimant who has received unemployment benefits, even those who have reported identity theft. Once the UIA investigates allegations of identity theft, it will issue an amended Form 1099 to those identified as victims of identity theft.
Visit the UIA website for any questions about reporting a fraudulent claim or filing your 2020 taxes.
To report fraud or file a general consumer complaint, contact the Attorney General’s consumer protection team. Filing a complaint online is the best way to establish your connection to consumer protection and provide a full report to the Attorney General’s office to ensure investigators have the information they need. If a consumer is unable to complete a complaint online, they can call the Consumer Protection toll-free number at 877-765-8388 and staff will provide a paper form to complete and return.
Forms can be returned by fax (517-241-3771) or US mail, sending them to:
P.O. Box 30213
Lansing, MI 48909