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Georgia Unemployment Benefits Information

We are an online resource to help answer your questions, check eligibility and assist in applying for Unemployment. You will also be advised if you qualify for additional benefit programs and receive our benefit guide.

Georgia Federal Unemployment Benefits and Federal Income Taxes

 

Federal unemployment benefits are taxable, and state workers who are claiming benefits for unemployment must report them on both their state and federal income tax returns. The state Department of Labor offers UI beneficiaries the option to have one or both types of taxes deducted from their weekly benefits. While state taxes are withdrawn at the rate of six percent, federal taxes are collected at the rate of 10 percent.


UI recipients can choose the tax deduction option when they claim unemployment benefits in GA for the first time. However, you will have one opportunity during your benefit year to change the tax-withholding preference. At the end of the year, the GDOL will send the IRS 1099-G form to UI beneficiaries to inform them of the amount of benefits they have received. If you chose to have your taxes deducted from your weekly UI paychecks, this information will be displayed in the form.