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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: 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 Three: 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: If you did not apply for unemployment benefits in 2020 and you received a 1099-G form, you will not be responsible for paying taxes on that money after ODJFS confirms that the claim filed was fraudulent. It is very important for anyone suspecting that their identity was used to apply for fraudulent claims to complete this online form as soon as possible.

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 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.