The Weekly Benefit Amount (WBA) is about 50 percent of a person’s average weekly wage up to a state maximum of $629. After you file your initial claim, you will be mailed a document stating your weekly benefit amount and how to request benefit payments. You will also receive a determination of eligibility or ineligibility. You must request benefit payments every week to keep receiving benefits. You can certify your weeks online or over the phone. All instructions will be provided.
What You Need To Know
- A claim is established for a period of 52 weeks from the week you file it, known as a benefit year.
The first week you are eligible for benefits is a “non-payable” or “waiting” week.
For most applicants, the second week is the first payable week and is requested the third week of their account.
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Emergency Unemployment Compensation
Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) is a federal extension given to individuals who have exhausted all regular Minnesota reemployment assistance benefits. EUC benefits are currently unavailable. Benefits ended on December 2013. In order for EUC to be extended, the U.S. House and U.S. Senate must pass a bill and the President must sign it into law.
Unemployment compensation benefits are considered taxable income.
You must report your UI benefits on your annual income tax return.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will mail you a 1099-G form every year reporting the amount of benefits paid and the amount of tax withheld during the previous calendar year.
If you have any questions, contact the IRS at 1-800-829-1040.
You can also contact the Minnesota Unemployment Insurance Customer Service at:
- Twin Cities area: 651-296-3644
Greater Minnesota: 1-877-898-9090
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