The National Unemployment Insurance Fraud Task Force (NUIFTF) has issued an alert warning the public about the issuance of erroneous 1099-G forms. 1099-G forms are issued to recipients of certain government payments, including unemployment compensation.
Since unemployment insurance (UI) is taxable income, the State Workforce Agency (SWA) issues 1099-G forms to UI and Internal Revenue Service recipients to report the amount of taxable unemployment compensation received. If you receive a 1099-G form you are not expecting, it might mean that an identity thief fraudulently received benefits using your identity.
Taxpayers who receive a 1099-G form for benefits they did not apply for or receive should take the following steps:
- Contact the issuing state agency to report fraud. New Hampshire unemployment fraud can be reported to New Hampshire Employment Security by phone at 1-800-852-3400 ext. 84016.
- File an accurate federal tax return reporting only income received.
- Follow the Federal Trade Commission recommendations for Identity Theft:
- Review free credit reports.
- Consider placing a credit freeze through the credit bureaus.
- File an identity theft complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Center for Disaster Fraud by completing an NCDF Complaint Form or calling 866-720-5721.
If you ever feel your Merrimack account information may have been compromised as a result of identity theft, please contact us so that we can assist you with protective measures for your accounts.