Yes. Unemployment insurance benefits are taxable for state and federal income taxes. If you collected or repaid unemployment insurance benefits you are required to file a tax return for payments received or repaid. This information is reported to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
If you collected or repaid unemployment insurance benefits you’ll receive a summary of the benefits you received from the Idaho Department of Labor by the end of January. This form, otherwise known as an IRS form 1099-G, will be mailed to the address listed on your Claimant Portal account.
1099-Gs are mailed at the end of January. If you did not receive your statement in the mail, the address you have on file may be incorrect. It is your responsibility to make sure the Idaho Department of Labor has the most up-to-date and accurate address.
IMPORTANT: Your 1099-G includes your entire Social Security number. Failing to update your address could put your identity at risk.
Yes. Unemployment insurance 1099-G information will be available online by Jan. 31 at labor.idaho.gov/claimantportal. It can be found in the “History” section of the Claimant Portal. Select the “1099-G Reporting” option on the right-hand side of the screen.
Verify your payments at labor.idaho.gov/claimantportal. Select the “View Certifications and Payments” option in the Manage Claims section. Benefits are reported based on the payment released date, not on the week ending date(s) the payment was made.
If you still do not agree with the amount on your 1099-G after reviewing your payment summary, please call us at (208) 332-8942.
Yes. You may choose to have 10 percent withheld for federal taxes. Federal tax withholdings can be changed in the “Manage Claims” section of the Claimant Portal. Select the “Tax Withholding” option if you would like to change your tax withholdings. We are unable to withhold state taxes.
Your 1099-G will include any repayments received, excluding penalties and interest, which are not included because they are not PAID benefits.
Yes, you can view prior year 1099-Gs online at labor.idaho.gov/claimantportal.
The unemployment insurance benefits program is funded by employers through quarterly payroll taxes. Your benefits are considered income and are therefore taxable.
No. We are not allowed to provide employer tax identification numbers. Please contact the IRS at (800) 829-1040 for help obtaining your W-2.
Contact the Idaho State Tax Commission at (208) 334-7660, (800) 972-7660 or the Internal Revenue Service at (800) 829-1040. We are not authorized to instruct you on how unemployment insurance affects your taxes.
Return to unemployment insurance FAQ
Back to top
An Equal Opportunity Employer and Service Provider
Brad Little, Governor
Jani Revier, Director