Ohio offers guidance for victims of unemployment identity theft

By Staff Reports - info@limanews.com

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services will be issuing 1.7 million 1099-G tax forms this month, pursuant to federal law that requires reporting of unemployment benefits.

There will be a number of Ohioans who receive a 1099-G tax form in the mail stating that they received unemployment benefits in 2020 when, in fact, they did not, agency officials said.

Ohioans who believe their identity was stolen and used to file a fraudulent unemployment claim are requested to visit unemployment.ohio.gov, click on the “Report Identity Theft” button and complete the reporting form.

The state JFS office 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.

The agency also urges anyone who suspects they may be a victim of identity theft to take appropriate action to protect themselves. Individuals can visit annualcreditreport.com to see whether they may the victim of other types of identity theft. They also can visit OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov/IdentityTheft for educational resources.


By Staff Reports


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