1099-G Tax Form

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All individuals who received unemployment insurance (UI) benefits in 2020 will receive the 1099-G tax form. If you collected unemployment insurance last year, you will need the 1099-G form from IDES to complete your federal and state tax returns. The 1099-G form will be available by the end of January 2021.

Additional FAQs are available here. With questions about tax filing, please visit the IRS.

Tax fraud can result in criminal penalties. Some of the criminal activities in violations of federal tax law include deliberately underreporting or omitting income or hiding or transferring assets or income. See https://www.irs.gov/compliance/criminal-investigation/types-of-fraudulent-activities-general-fraud. Federal criminal penalties can include fines and imprisonment. See 26 U.S.C. §7201, §7206, and §7207. Under Illinois law, intent to defraud for tax purposes may be inferred from conduct such as concealment of assets or covering up sources of income, or any other conduct, the likely effect of which would be to mislead or conceal. See 86 Illinois Admin Code 700.330(c). State law provides penalties for tax fraud. 35 ILCS 735/3-6.


Getting Your Tax Information

Individuals can access their 1099-G form online or by mail:

Electronically:

For those who opted to receive their 1099-G form electronically, IDES will send an email notification with instructions to access the document from the IDES website.

Get your 1099-G form here (login required). Individuals who have not established a UI username and password to manage their account will first be prompted to do so.

By Mail:

For those who opted NOT to receive their 1099-G form electronically, IDES will mail a paper form during the last week of January. These claimants may also access and print their 1099-G form online by clicking here and following the necessary steps.

You may also request your 1099-G form via Tele-Serve, by calling (312) 338-4337.

Please note that previous years' 1099-G information is also available online for the prior seven years.


Fraud Warning

If you did not receive UI benefits in 2020, yet still received a 1099-G form from IDES, this may indicate that a fraudulent claim was filed in your name: Please immediately contact IDES at (800) 244-5631.  Follow the prompts to indicate you received a 1099-G form in error:

  • Select your language
  • Press 2 – Individual
  • Press 1 – Received 1099-G in error

IDES representatives will return calls on a first-in, first-out basis to ensure the fraudulent claim is shut down, and to address the 1099-G form. If you are already awaiting a callback for a different inquiry, we will be able to handle your 1099-G related questions on that same call. There is no need to queue for an additional callback.

Once a fraudulent claim is reported, investigated, and confirmed by IDES, the victim will not be held responsible for repaying any benefits fraudsters may have received in their name, nor will they be held responsible for tax implications resulting from a fraudulent claim. The IRS has provided guidance to states regarding these nationwide fraud schemes. IDES understands the urgency associated with tax season, and is committed to ensuring agency resources are available to assist individuals who received a form in error.

See the recent alert on 1099-G forms from the U.S. Department of Justice National Unemployment Insurance Fraud Task Force.