Part 8: Your Unemployment Records

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Many claim records are available to view online, including all payments made.

If the information you are looking for is not available online, for help using online services, or if you are unable to go online call (414) 435-7069 or toll-free (844) 910-3661 during business hours.

Privacy

Individual claim computer records are available online. For help using online services or if you are unable to go online call (414) 435-7069 or toll-free (844) 910-3661 during business hours. 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 benefit payments are considered income for federal and state tax purposes. Each year all of your benefit payments are reported to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) 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, go to https://my.unemployment.wisconsin.gov.

To discontinue or change your withholding election log on to https://my.unemployment.wisconsin.gov. For help using online services or if you are unable to go online call (414) 435-7069 or toll-free (844) 910-3661 during business hours.

Your 1099-G tax form will be available online by mid-January. We will store your tax form securely in our system for you to access and print on demand for your records.

Your 1099-G tax form will include the withholdings from your unemployment benefit payments for that tax year if you elected to have federal and/or state taxes withheld. If you have any questions about how your unemployment benefit payments will affect your taxes, contact the IRS or the local office of the Wisconsin Department of Revenue.


Updated: January 31, 2020

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