Some Arizonans Continue To Have Problems With Tax Form 1099-G Amid Unemployment Fraud Claims
PHOENIX – New figures reveal that more than 16,000 people have received unemployment benefits in Arizona or have been fraudulently targeted, have reported tax issues and the filing deadline is approaching.
Thousands of Arizona unemployment fraud victims have received a state tax form telling them to claim money they never requested or received.
It was a battle Christine Lahaie never wanted.
“I would say I probably have at least 48 hours between sitting on hold, waiting, doing the paperwork, reaching everyone,” Lahaie says.
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In early February, she received a 1099-G tax form in the mail claiming that she had received $ 3,400 in unemployment benefits.
But the problem is, she’s retired. It is therefore likely that someone has fraudulently applied for benefits on their behalf with the Department of Economic Security (DES).
The state said anyone in their place should contact DES and get a new form within a week. However, seven weeks later, she is still waiting.
“I’m going to go ahead and file my taxes and I’m not going to report that $ 3,400 because I never got it. If they want to sue me I’m 70, go ahead,” said The hedge.
DES updated figures reveal that 16,300 people have contacted the agency with issues with their 1099-G.
About 750 of those who contacted the agency say they received unemployment benefits but the amount on the form is incorrect. 2,700 people like Chris say they received it because of fraud. 11,900 say they are still waiting for the correct form.
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However, DES says many of these complaints were before the state’s deadline for obtaining the forms.
Michael Martinez says his form is bad and he’s still waiting for a replacement like Chris.
“For mine, it was like a difference of $ 450,” he says. He can’t get the stimulus check until he files his taxes.
If you can’t get an updated form from the DES, the IRS says to report only the income you received despite what a 1099-G says.
For more information on the form, visit this link https://des.az.gov/services/employment/unemployment-individual/1099-g-tax-forms