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Victims of unemployment fraud urged to act now

Written on Feb 11, 2021

Victims of unemployment fraud could potentially face higher taxes if the suspected fraud isn’t reported, according to The Ohio Department of Taxation. 

More than 80,000 cases of unemployment fraud by criminals using stolen identities have been identified by The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. 

“Victims of that identity theft who have received Form 1099-G from ODJFS showing that they received unemployment benefits – but never applied for benefits – could potentially pay federal and state tax on that unreceived benefit if they don’t act to correct the record,” said ODT in a news release. 

The IRS has issued guidance to taxpayers regarding identity theft and ODT is advising fraud victims they do not need to have a determination from ODJFS on their ID theft claim or a corrected 1099-G to file their federal and state income tax returns.