What is Form 1099-G?
The 1099-G is a form used by the IRS to report different payments from and financial transactions with a government, not including employee wages. Federal, state, or local governments file the 1099-G form if they made payments of:
- Unemployment compensation.
- State or local income tax refunds, credits, or offsets.
- Reemployment trade adjustment assistance (RTAA) payments.
- Taxable grants.
- Agricultural payments.
What happens if I received a 1099-G, but never filed a claim for benefits?
If an individual receives a 1099-G for unemployment benefits and they never filed a claim for benefits, they should take the following steps:
- File a police report to officially declare their social security number has been stolen and fraudulent Unemployment Compensation benefits were claimed under their information
- Report the fraud at this website: https://benefits.uc.pa.gov/vosnet/Default.aspx
- Review their credit report and potentially place a fraud alert on their credit report. This website is approved by the federal government and is completely free. https://www.annualcreditreport.com/index.action
- If the individual feels their social security number has been compromised more than unemployment, the US Dept of Labor recommends they report their information to the National Center for Disaster Fraud https://www.justice.gov/disaster-fraud/ncdf-disaster-complaint-form. They may also report it to the Federal Trade Commission and start a recovery plan. https://www.identitytheft.gov/#/
- The IRS offers the option for individuals to be issued an IP (identity protection) pin so no one can file a federal tax return without having that pin. https://www.irs.gov/identity-theft-fraud-scams/get-an-identity-protection-pin
Lastly, this is the website for the PA UC Fraud FAQs https://www.uc.pa.gov/Fraud/Pages/Fraud-FAQs.aspx