Did you receive a Form 1099-G for unemployment compensation . . . but you didn’t receive unemployment in 2020? Don’t ignore it – it means you’ve probably been the victim of identity theft, and if you do nothing, those amounts will be reported to the IRS as taxable income to you. Report a bogus Form 1099-G to your state’s unemployment office – in Kansas, call the KDOL at 785-291-6059.
Unemployment fraud has exploded over the last few months because of pandemic relief measures, and with additional legislation pending, it’s likely it will continue. The state of Kansas is in the process of installing new identity verification software which will hopefully reduce or eliminate fraudulent benefit notices. It will also provide two-factor authentication for unemployment claimants to access their account.
For more information about unemployment fraud, check out the KDOL’s designated webpage – https://www.dol.ks.gov/fraud.