Part 8: Your Unemployment Records

Privacy

Individual claim computer records are available by calling one of the information/assistance telephone numbers. The department will only give information about your claim to you or to the employer that is charged for benefits. The Privacy Act does not allow us to give information to a family member.

Income Taxes

Unemployment insurance is considered income for federal and state tax purposes. Each year all of your benefit payments are reported to the Internal Revenue Service and the Wisconsin Department of Revenue. You can ask to have state and federal taxes withheld from your unemployment payments or make estimated tax payments.

If you decide to have taxes withheld, we will deduct 10% for federal taxes and/or 5% for state taxes from your weekly benefit payment. To have federal and/or state unemployment taxes withheld, call one of the initial claims application telephone numbers and press 2. You may discontinue your withholding election at any time by calling the same telephone number.

We mail Form 1099-G to your last-known address no later than February 1 of each year. If your address changes, call one of the initial claim application telephone numbers and press 3 to update your address, even if you are not filing a claim at that time. You can also access your Form 1099-G on-line at Wisconsin Unemployment Insurance Division. If you elect to have federal and/or state taxes withheld, your Form 1099-G will include the withholdings from your UI benefit payments for that tax year. If you have any questions about how your UI payments will affect your taxes, contact the IRS or the local office of the Wisconsin Department of Revenue.


Updated: October 1, 2012