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17114: Unemployment Benefits - 1099-G Received Erroneously

1040 Individual Data Entry

The taxpayer received a Form 1099-G reporting unemployment, but did not receive unemployment benefits. What can be done?

If the taxpayer did not apply for and receive unemployment benefits, but the state issued a Form 1099-G reporting unemployment compensation, the taxpayer may be a victim of identity theft or fraud. The IRS recommends the following steps

Note that, generally speaking, Form 14039 would not be required in this circumstance. Per the IRS, "There is no requirement to file a Form 14039, Identity Theft Affidavit. A Form 14039 should be filed only if the taxpayers' e-filed tax return is rejected because a duplicate return with their Social Security number is already on file or if the IRS instructs them to file a Form 14039."

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