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Federal and State Income Tax Withholding
Unemployment Insurance and the IRS
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 benefit payments or make estimated tax payments.
How to Request Tax Withholding or Change Withholding Online
- The Federal withholding is 10% of the weekly amount payable
- The State withholding is 5% of the weekly amount payable
You can request to have taxes withheld or to change your current withholding status by going online at https://my.unemployment.wisconsin.gov.
Form 1099-G will be available online by January 31st each year.
If you elect to have state and/or federal taxes withheld, your Form 1099-G will include the withholdings from your UI benefit payments for that tax year.
Questions about UI payments and your Taxes?
If you have any questions about how your UI payments will affect your taxes:
- Contact the IRS,
- or contact the local office of the Wisconsin Department of Revenue
If your address changes:
For help using online services, call 414-438-7713 or 608-232-0824 during business hours. Callers may be asked to call back on a specific day of the week.