ODJFS

COLUMBUS – The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS)
will be issuing 1.7 million 1099-G tax forms throughout the month of
January 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.

ODJFS has created a new online
portal that provides a direct way for Ohioans to notify the agency if
they believe their identity was stolen and used to file a fraudulent
unemployment claim. Individuals who believe their identity was stolen
and used to file a fraudulent unemployment claim should visit
unemployment.ohio.gov, click on the “Report Identity Theft” button, and
complete the reporting form.

ODJFS 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
(IRS).

In addition to completing the ODJFS reporting form, ODJFS
strongly urges anyone who suspects they may be a victim of identity
theft to take appropriate action to protect themselves. For example,
individuals can visit

Ohioans who believe they may be the victim of identity theft.

Identity
theft is a widespread national challenge. Many Ohioans have become
victims, and their identities used to file fraudulent unemployment
claims in both the traditional unemployment and Pandemic Unemployment
Assistance programs.

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