How to Request Another Unemployment Tax Return

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After the end of each year that you have received unemployment benefit payments, you get a tax document in the mail. The document is a 1099-G, which lists the total amount of unemployment benefits you received for the year and any taxes that were withheld from those benefits payments. If you have lost or never received the document, you can request a replacement copy on your own.

  • Download your unemployment 1099-G from the "Tax Documents" or "My 1099-G's" area that some state unemployment websites, such as Minnesota's, have online. You do usually need to sign into your online account, if you manage your unemployment claim online, to see the tax section. The EmployeeIssues.com website has a list of all of the state unemployment websites. To create a new online account, you usually need to know your weekly benefit amount.

  • Use the secure messaging section of your state unemployment website to request another 1099-G. Some states, such as California, do not require you to log into your online account to use the secure messaging section. Other states, such as Ohio, do require you to have an online account and be logged in.

  • Call the customer service phone number for unemployment in your state. This number is printed in the unemployment handbook that you received when you initially applied for unemployment. Ask for another 1099-G to be sent to you when you talk to the representative.

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