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The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) mails Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Form 1099-G to claimants who were paid unemployment benefits last year. TWC mails 1099-G forms throughout January.
To file your federal taxes, you need to:
You do not need the 1099-G form to complete your federal income tax return.
Get the total benefits TWC paid you last year on the Internet or by telephone.
Beginning January 10, 2014, you can log on to Unemployment Benefits Services to see the amount of benefits TWC paid you last year. Select IRS 1099-G Information.
View a tutorial on how to check your IRS 1099-G information online.
Beginning January 10, 2014, you can call Tele-Serv to hear the amount of benefits TWC paid you last year.
Beginning February 1, 2014, you can call Tele-Serv to request a duplicate Form 1099-G.
If you do not receive your 1099-G by February 1, 2014, TWC may have an incorrect address on file. You can change your address then request a new form be mailed to you by completing the following steps.
When reporting the total amount of unemployment benefits TWC paid you:
If you have repaid part or all of an overpayment, the IRS allows you to report and deduct the repaid amounts on your income tax return. For more information on deducting an overpayment on your tax return, consult IRS Publication 17 (2013), Your Federal Income Tax. Click Repayment of unemployment compensation. Or call the IRS toll-free 800-829-3676 to order a copy of Publication 17.
For more information on how to report unemployment benefits on your federal income tax return, see the IRS Instructions, or consult your local IRS office or tax professional.
An IRS Form 1099-G is a federal tax form that lists the total amount of unemployment benefits TWC paid an individual in a calendar year. The 1099-G reports the following:
If you believe that the amount shown on Form 1099-G is wrong, remember that TWC must report the total amount we paid you. TWC cannot change the 1099-G.
TWC is required to report the total amount of benefits paid to you in the prior calendar year, regardless of whether you received benefits from more than one claim or if that amount includes delayed payments, voided payments, or overpayments that you repaid to TWC.
The amount on the 1099-G cannot be adjusted for situations such as:
In these situations, the 1099-G shows the correct amount of benefits because it shows the amount that TWC paid to you, even if you received less than the total amount because of an overpayment, repayment, voided payment, or other change to the claim.
Example: A claimant has an overpayment in March 2013 and repaid it in November 2013. TWC cannot deduct the amount of the overpayment on IRS Form 1099-G because it is part of the total amount of benefits paid to the claimant in calendar year 2013. Claimants may be able to adjust their tax returns to show the amount repaid to TWC. However, TWC cannot change the 1099-G because the total amount of benefits paid the claimant is correct. The 1099-G does not show the amount of benefits a claimant paid back to TWC.
In addition, you may disagree with the amount reported on the 1099-G if you forgot about payments you received last year because:
Example: You submitted payment requests for weeks in 2012 but TWC issued the payment in 2013. TWC must report the income when we paid the benefits, not when you requested the payment.
You can view a history of your UI benefits payments on Unemployment Benefits Services by selecting Claim and Payment Status. If you received benefits from more than one claim, you will view each claim separately.
You can file your federal tax return without IRS Form 1099-G as long as you know the total amount of benefits TWC paid you, the amount of federal taxes withheld (if any) during the previous year, and TWC’s Federal Employer ID Number 74-2764775.
Note: Some professional tax preparers may require a paper copy of your 1099-G when completing your federal tax return.
If you are required to file a state income tax return in the state where you reside, you may need to attach a copy of the 1099-G form to your return. Check your state's law for instructions on how to complete the state income tax return.
Yes. Beginning February 1, 2014, you may request a duplicate copy of IRS Form 1099-G by calling Tele-Serv at 800-558-8321 and pressing option 2 for Claim Status.
Beginning February 1, 2014, TWC Tele-Center staff can reissue an IRS Form 1099-G.
Yes. Free File is a free service that offers free federal tax preparation and e-file options for all taxpayers. Free File is made possible through the Free File Alliance, LLC, a public-private partnership between the IRS and commercial tax software companies.
Everyone can use IRS Free File. If your adjusted gross income was $58,000 or less, use brand-name software to do your taxes for free. If your income was more, use Free File Fillable Forms. Both options allow taxpayers to prepare and e-file their taxes free.
To learn more about Free File and your free filing options, visit their web site at www.freefile.IRS.gov.
The EITC is a refundable federal income tax credit for low- to moderate-income working individuals and families. Visit the EITC web site for more information.
TWC reports the total amount of benefits we paid you.
TWC cannot change the 1099-G form. We must report all benefits:
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