Tax form coming soon for Pennsylvanians who applied for unemployment benefits in 2021
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – Department of Labor and Industry (L&I) Secretary Jennifer Berrier today reminded Pennsylvanians who applied for unemployment benefits in 2021 to monitor their mailboxes and unemployment system notifications for the form 1099 they will need to properly file their 2021 taxes.
“With the arrival of a new year in the midst of an ongoing pandemic, many people may have filed for unemployment benefits for the first time in 2021 and may be unaware of how important that 1099 form is. important when reporting federal income tax,” Secretary Berrier said. “We urge all Pennsylvanians who received UC benefits in 2021 to keep a close eye on their mailboxes and/or on their UC system dashboard for this critical form to arrive. If discarded in error and must be reproduced by the Unemployment Compensation Service Center, this will likely cause delays for the claimant in preparing their tax returns.”
Claimants of all unemployment programs offered in 2021 will receive a 1099 tax form detailing their benefit payments. This form will be available online and searchable in the same system where claimants file their weekly claims. For applicants who would like a hard copy, physical 1099 tax forms will be mailed out no later than January 31, 2022. All applicants also have the option of viewing previous years’ 1099 tax forms, if available.
Received a 1099 but never applied for benefits?
Since 1099 forms are automatically generated for all claimants who have received unemployment benefits, the receipt of a 1099 form by someone who has not filed for unemployment may indicate a case of fraud. identity. If someone who has not filed for unemployment receives what appears to be a 1099 tax form in the mail, they should report this suspected fraud immediately so that L&I can correct their income with the IRS and avoid any issues. with the victim’s taxes.
“With the recent escalation in fraudulent activity targeting Pennsylvania’s UC system, it is imperative that Pennsylvanians know the signs of fraud and act immediately if they suspect their identity has been stolen,” Secretary Berrier said. “L&I remains committed to working with law enforcement to identify cases of unemployment fraud. We cannot stress enough that L&I will never contact you to ask for personal information such as your username, your password or full social security number, so please don’t provide it And if you think you’ve been a victim of identity theft, please let us know so we can take steps to prevent further behavior criminals and correct your situation.”
The IRS provides additional information on identity theft and unemployment benefits on its website, here.
If you suspect or know that someone is using your personal information (your name, social security number, date of birth, etc.) without your knowledge or consent to apply for UC benefits, report it to L&I by completing the identity theft form online or by calling the Pa Fraud Hotline at 1-800-692-7469.
You can also file a police report with the municipality in which you resided when the unemployment benefits in question were paid. When filing a fraud report online, be sure to download this police report document; applicants will have the opportunity to do so as part of the process.
If you are a victim of identity theft, you can also report it to the Federal Trade Commission and initiate a recovery plan at https://www.identitytheft.gov/.
For more information on identifying fraud, what to do if you think you’ve been the victim of fraud, or how to report fraud, visit the L&I website or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
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