LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and the state’s Unemployment Insurance Agency shared details Friday about tax documents needed for people who were victims of identity theft as a result of widespread fraudulent unemployment claims in 2020.
The Unemployment Insurance Agency has begun issuing 1099-G tax forms to all claimants who received unemployment benefits, according to a news release.
If someone receives a UIA 1099-G form but did not receive unemployment benefits, that person is likely a victim of identity theft and should report it immediately.
The envelope containing the 1099 form from the UIA will include instructions on what should be done by victims of identity theft.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted the employment status of many Michiganders and allowed scammers to find new ways to take advantage of unsuspecting individuals,” Nessel said. “I urge anyone who may be a victim of identity theft to take action and report it immediately. This is also a good time to remind everyone to be cautious about sharing your personal and financial information with others.”
UIA Acting Director Liza Estlund Olson says the organization will continue rooting out imposter fraud.
“We urge everyone to follow the guidance on our website and from the attorney general and IRS on protecting yourself and reporting identity theft,” Olson said.
The UIA is required to issue a 1099 form to every claimant who received unemployment benefits, even those who reported identity theft.
Once the agency has fully investigated the identity theft claims, it will issue an amended 1099 form to those determined to have been victims of identity theft.