Overpayments and Penalties


If you are paid more unemployment benefits than you are eligible to receive for any week(s), you will be notified in writing that you have been overpaid. The amount of the overpayment will be automatically deducted from any later unemployment benefit payment(s) that are payable to you.

If you are not currently claiming benefits or if you stop claiming before the overpayment is repaid, send a check or money order payable to Unemployment Insurance to the following address:

Unemployment Insurance
P.O. Box 7888
Madison, WI  53707


If you intentionally conceal information affecting unemployment eligibility, you lose an amount of your future unemployment benefits (benefit reduction). You are also assessed a penalty you are required to pay out of pocket.

The benefit reduction must be satisfied before you can receive any unemployment benefits. A benefit reduction lasts for six years from the date of the determination. It must either be satisfied by claiming benefits during the six year period or the six year time limit runs out. A benefit reduction cannot be paid. The benefit reduction amount must be claimed. The benefit reduction is in addition to any overpaid benefits which must be repaid.

If you have questions regarding penalties, call a claims specialist at 414-435-7069 during business hours Monday - Friday, 7:45 AM - 4:30 PM. Callers may be asked to call back on a specific day of the week.

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