Unemployment Benefit Overpayments

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 there are no later benefits payable or there is still an outstanding overpayment amount after later benefit payment(s) are withheld, you will be responsible to repay the balance of the overpayment.

Repayment Options

  • Credit or Debit Card (pay by phone)
  • Check or Money Order (payable to: Unemployment Insurance)
      Mail to:
      Unemployment Insurance
      P.O. Box 7888
      Madison, WI 53707

If you have questions about benefit overpayments, call a collections specialist at (608) 266-9701 during business hours.


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.