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Your 1099-G tax form

(en Español)

Contact ESD

Call the unemployment benefits claims center at 800-318-6022, if you have questions about your 1099-G tax form.

Email ui1099@esd.wa.gov 
  For identification, when sending email include your

  • Name
  • Claim ID, also referred to as Claimant ID in letters
  • Current mailing address
  • Date of birth
  • Phone number, including area code

What is a 1099-G?

The 1099-G is a tax form for Certain Government Payments. ESD sends 1099-G forms for two main types of benefits: unemployment and family leave.

Unemployment benefits. Every January, we send a 1099-G form to people who received unemployment benefits during the prior calendar year. If you received unemployment benefits during 2020, you’ll need this form to file your taxes.

Family leave benefits. For more info about 1099s from Paid Leave, and why we're sending them, visit the payments section of the help center on Paid Leave’s website.


Information for victims of unemployment fraud

In 2020, an international crime ring used previously stolen personal information to fraudulently claim unemployment benefits in states across the country. If you believe you’re a fraud victim, or if you’ve already reported fraud to us but received a 1099-G for fraudulently paid benefits, please see the tax information for fraud victims page.


Where to find your 1099-G info

You’ll receive your 1099-G via mail. If you have an eServices account, you’ll be able to see it there as well. If you don’t have eServices account and want to hear the amounts on your 1099-G, you can get this info from our automated claims line.

eServices

Sign in to your eServices account and click on the 1099 tab.

Mail

We mail the 1099-G to the address we have on record as of mid-January, when the forms are printed. The U.S. Postal Service will not forward the 1099-G unless they have a change of address on file.

Automated claims line

You’ll need your Personal Identification Number (PIN) to access your 1099-G info through the automated claims line. This phone option is available through April 30.

  1. Call the claims center at 800-318-6022.
  2. Enter your language preference.
  3. Select option #5.
  4. Enter your PIN when asked.

Filing taxes

For tax filing information, call the IRS at 800-829-1040 or visit their website at irs.gov. It may be helpful to have copies of your previous year’s tax records available prior to contacting the IRS.

Electronic filing. If you file your tax return electronically, you’ll need to identify ESD as the agency that paid you benefits:

Employment Security Department
State of Washington
PO Box 9046
Olympia, WA 98507-9046
Federal I.D. 91-1762161 

Some electronic filing programs may require an agency phone number. Use 800-318-6022.


Overpayments and adjustments

The IRS requires that we report all benefits paid to you in the calendar year. The amount on your 1099-G does not include any overpayments or adjustments to claims.

You must resolve any differences with the IRS using receipts or other records to support your tax return. If you repaid benefits or feel your 1099-G is inaccurate, you can email to us a request for a document that states the amount of benefits you repaid. For this and any other questions you have about your 1099-G, email UI1099@ESD.wa.gov (please see our email requirements).

If you have questions about reporting repayments, you should contact the IRS.

If you believe your 1099-G is incorrect because of unemployment fraud, visit our new page to get tax info for fraud victims.


If you don’t receive your 1099-G by the end of January

eServices

If you haven’t received a 1099-G by the end of January, log in to your eServices account and find it under the 1099s tab.

If you want a copy of your 1099-G

If you want us to send you a paper copy of your 1099-G, or email a copy to you, please wait until the end of January to contact us. You must send us a request by email, mail or fax. After we receive your request, you can expect your copy to arrive within 10 days.

Request a mailed copy of your 1099 via email

Include the following in your email

  • Name
  • Claim ID, also referred to as Claimant ID in letters
  • Current mailing address
  • Date of birth
  • Phone number, including area code.

Do not include your Social Security number in an email. Email may not be secure. Instead, you should use your Customer Identification Number (CID) or claim ID.

Where to find your claim ID

  • In your eServices account. Click on the Summary tab and look under My Accounts.
  • At the top of letters we've sent you.

Be sure you include the email address where you want us to send the copy. Email us at UI1099@ESD.wa.gov (please see our email requirements).

If you request an emailed copy, we’ll send it to you via secure email and we’ll include instructions for accessing the form. If we need to contact you, well use the phone number, address or email you provided.

Request a mailed copy of your 1099 via mail or fax

Include the following in your letter or fax

  • Name
  • Social Security Number
  • Current mailing address
  • Date of birth
  • Phone number, including area code
  • Mailed and faxed requests must include a signature.

Send your request to our mailing address or fax number, and make sure to include your signature.

Mailing address
Employment Security Department
Attn: UI Imaging/1099
PO Box 19019
Olympia, WA 98507-0019

Toll-free fax: 800-301-1796