Tax Form 1099-G Issues
The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment provides Form 1099-G documents to claimants detailing the amount of unemployment benefits the claimant has been paid during the year.
Some 1099-G documents provided to claimants both electronically and by mail in January 2021 included an incorrect Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN). Documents featuring this error have been removed from claimant accounts within the MyUI+ application and will be replaced with corrected documents. Claimants who received a 1099-G document with the incorrect TIN by mail will receive a corrected copy.
If you have received a 1099-G document from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment but did not file a claim for unemployment benefits, you may be a victim of identity theft. Unfortunately, fraudsters steal or purchase private information from illicit data brokers and use that information to file fraudulent unemployment claims. While we have a sophisticated multi-factor program in place to flag suspected fraud, no system is perfect.
Here’s what you should do if you’ve received a 1099-G document from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment but did not file a claim for unemployment benefits:
- Report it to us using the Report Invalid 1099 form.
- Contact the three consumer credit bureaus and put a fraud alert on your name and Social Security Number (SSN). Credit Bureau Contact Info: Equifax: 1-800-525-6285 | Experian: 1-888-397-3742 | TransUnion: 1-800-680-7289
- Create a file where you can keep records of this identity theft in one place.
Incorrect Amount or Other Error
If you have received a 1099-G document from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, but you believe your 1099-G has an incorrect amount or other error, please report it to us using the Report Invalid 1099 form.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I get a copy of my 1099-G form?
If you received Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits during 2020, you can access your 1099-G form within the MyUI+ application. After logging in, click “View Correspondences” in the left-hand navigation menu (or in the hamburger menu at the top, if you’re on mobile).
Claimants who received regular state unemployment benefits, Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), or State Extended Benefits (SEB) during 2020 should complete this form to request a copy of your 1099-G form by mail.
If you received PUA benefits as well as regular state unemployment benefits, PEUC, or SEB, the 1099-G form in your MyUI+ account will only reflect your PUA benefits, and you should complete this form to receive another 1099-G reflecting the other benefits you were paid. If you ONLY received PUA benefits in 2020, you should not complete the form.
- What if my address has changed?
Form 1099-G, Certain Government Payments, is mailed in January to anyone who received an unemployment benefits payment during the previous calendar year. If your Form 1099-G is mailed to an address other than your current address, the U.S. Postal Service will forward the Form 1099-G if a current forwarding order is on file. Otherwise, we keep the returned Form 1099-G and automatically mail it again once you submit an address change. You can change your address through MyUI+.
- What if I had an overpayment of my unemployment benefits?
Your 1099-G shows the entire amount we paid you in unemployment benefits, even though you are paying back those benefits. Any unemployment benefits paid during the calendar year must be reported as income. If you were overpaid and paid the money back in the same calendar year, both the amount repaid and the amount not yet repaid must be reported as total income. Check the instructions on your tax form to see how to report the unemployment benefit income and the amount repaid.
The Division provides you with monthly records of your repayments. You can reference the monthly statements to determine the total amount you repaid during the year. Credit for repayment(s) can only be claimed in the year in which repayment(s) were paid back to us. Remember that overpayments are included in 1099-G amounts, but offsets are not. We cannot provide advice; check with the IRS if you are not sure what to do.