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Identity Theft and 1099 Resources for Individuals

If you suspect that your personal information has been stolen and/or if you received a 1099-G tax form from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) and did not apply for unemployment benefits in 2020, the agency needs to hear from you immediately.

Here’s what you can do:

Step One: Report Identity Theft to ODJFS
Complete this secure online form. ODJFS will issue confirmation emails to everyone who files a report with information about identity theft and protection. The agency will process the reports, conduct investigations and, if necessary, issue corrections to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on 1099s issued to victims.

Step Two: Report Identity Theft to the U.S. Department of Justice.
The U.S. Department of Labor recommends that victims of unemployment fraud notify not only to their state unemployment office, but also the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Center for Disaster Fraud. Doing so can help law enforcement stop future unemployment identity theft. Filing a report with the National Center for Disaster Fraud also will notify the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General, which is the primary agency responsible for investigating unemployment fraud. You may not receive a response back after submitting this information.

Step Three: How To File Your Taxes (if you received a 1099-G)
Please follow the IRS guidance to taxpayers on identity theft involving unemployment benefits. You can find it here.

Step Four: Protect Your Identity 
Many resources are available for victims of identity theft to help them protect their identities. ODJFS strongly urges anyone who suspects they may be a victim of identity theft to take appropriate action to protect themselves. Here are some resources we recommend:


Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How can I check to see if my identity was stolen?

A: The best way to learn whether your personal information has been compromised is to check your credit report. You can obtain a free copy of your credit report at AnnualCreditReport.com.

Q. If I receive a mailing from ODJFS to my address but with another person's name on the envelope, what should I do?

A: Please mark "return to sender" on the envelope and return it to us through the mail.

Q: I received a 1099-G from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, but I never applied for unemployment in 2020.

A: Please file a report to ODJFS here. After you submit a report, we will process it, conduct an investigation and, if necessary, issue a correction to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). We also recommend that you review the resources recommended in Step Three, above, to protect yourself.

Q: Will I be responsible for paying taxes on benefits I never received?

A: No, you will not. When you file your income taxes, you should report only the income you actually received. Do not wait to receive a correct 1099 form to file your taxes. If you already filed your taxes, do not file an amended return. The IRS will issue additional guidance regarding your next steps. Refer to the Identity Theft and Unemployment Benefits page at IRS.gov for updates and additional tax filing information.

Q: The Department of Labor’s website for victims of unemployment fraud says to report identity theft not only to your state’s unemployment office, but also to the Department of Justice. Should I report there, too?

A: Yes, you can if you wish. Reporting to the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Center for Disaster Fraud can help law enforcement stop future unemployment identity theft. Filing a report with the National Center for Disaster Fraud also will notify the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General, which is the primary agency responsible for investigating unemployment fraud. You may not receive a response back after submitting this information.

Q: I received a 1099 form stating that I received unemployment benefits in a state other than Ohio. Can your office still help me?

A: Unfortunately, we can only help with claims filed in Ohio. Please contact the unemployment office that issued you the form.

Q: I received a PIN number from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services but did not request one. What should I do?

A: Please file a report to ODJFS here. After you submit a report, we will process it and conduct an investigation. We also recommend that you review the resources recommended in Step Three, above, to protect yourself.

Q: I already reported that my identity was stolen and used to file an Ohio unemployment claim. Why did I still receive a 1099?

A: We are working as quickly as we can to process a record number of fraudulent unemployment claims. Even if you previously reported unemployment fraud, please complete this online form. We will then send you a confirmation email with resources for victims of identity theft, process your report, conduct an investigation and, if necessary, issue a correction to the IRS.

Q: I received a notification from ODJFS implying that I am an employer, and I’m not. What should I do?

A: Please call our fraud hotline as soon as possible: (833) 658-0394. Also be sure to review the resources recommended in Step Three, above, to protect yourself.

Q: I submitted a report through the "Report Identity Theft" portal but didn’t get a confirmation email in response. What should I do?

A: You will receive a confirmation email, but there may be a brief delay. Please do not submit another report. Thank you for your patience.

Q: When can I expect to receive a corrected 1099-G form?

A: The high volume of requests is slowing processing times, but you do not need a corrected 1099-G form from the unemployment office to file your taxes. When you file your income taxes, you should report only the income you actually received. Do not wait to receive a correct 1099 form to file your taxes. Refer to the Identity Theft and Unemployment Benefits page at IRS.gov for updates and additional tax filing information. Note that the third federal stimulus package waives federal income taxes on up to $10,200 in unemployment benefits for eligible individuals who earn less than $150,000 a year.