We are hearing from some of our clients that have received a 1099-G form for 2020 from Ohio Department of Job & Family Services (ODJFS) showing amounts in Box 1 “Unemployment Compensation” when they did not apply for unemployment in 2020. ODJFS is aware of this issue (read the ODJFS memo about this issue here) and has steps to correct the issue.

If you have received an Ohio 1099-G but you did not file for unemployment in 2020, you should visit unemployment.ohio.gov, click on the “Report Identity Theft” button, and complete the reporting form.” Once you have completed the form to Report Identity Theft, ODJFS will issue a Corrected 1099-G showing the amount was not received.

Also from the ODJFS memo:

“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 annualcreditreport.com to see whether they may the victim of other types of identity theft. They also can visit OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov/IdentityTheft for educational resources for Ohioans who believe they may be the victim of identity theft.”

If you received the above mentioned 1099-G when you were not expecting it, we also recommend that you sign up to get an Identity Protection PIN with the IRS. Instructions to do that can be found here and the IRS has released additional information here. You can also read a recent BRSW article about IP PINs here.

If you have questions regarding this issue, please Contact Us.