Part 8: Your Unemployment Records

Many claim records are available to view online, including all payments made. Visit http://dwd.wisconsin.gov/uiben/online for more information about using our online services. If the information you are looking for is not available online, records are available by calling one of the information assistance telephone numbers.

Privacy

Individual claim computer records are available by calling one of the information/assistance telephone numbers. 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 insurance is considered income for federal and state tax purposes. Each year all of your benefit payments are reported to the Internal Revenue Service 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 http://my.unemployment.wisconsin.gov and log on using your user name and password, or call one of the initial claims application telephone numbers available at http://dwd.wisconsin.gov/uiben/services.htm, and press 2.

To discontinue or change your withholding election log on to http://my.unemployment.wisconsin.gov or call one of the initial claims application telephone numbers available at http://dwd.wisconsin.gov/uiben/services.htm, and press 2.

If you log on to http://my.unemployment.wisconsin.gov as of October 1, 2015, you will not be mailed Form 1099-G. Your 1099-G tax form for 2015 will be available online by January 15, 2016. We will store your tax form securely in our system for you to access and print on demand for your records. You can sign up to receive an email alert when your 1099-G tax form is accessible online by visiting http://dwd.wisconsin.gov/uiben/1099.htm.

Your 1099-G tax form will include the withholdings from your UI 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 UI payments will affect your taxes, contact the IRS or the local office of the Wisconsin Department of Revenue.

If you do not log on to http://my.unemployment.wisconsin.gov as of October 1, 2015, we will mail your 1099-G fax form to your last-known address by January 31, 2016. To update your address, logon to http://my.unemployment.wisconsin.gov and select "Change Personal Information" under the "Unemployment Services" menu. Or, call one of the initial claim application telephone numbers and press 3 to update your address, even if you are not filing a claim at that time.


Updated: January 6, 2016

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