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TWC Will Stop Paying Extended Benefits September 11, 2021

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) will stop paying Extended Benefits (EB) as of the week ending September 11, 2021.

Claimants currently receiving EB may continue to receive benefits until the benefit week ending September 11, 2021, as long as they remain eligible. Claimants should continue to file payment requests and complete all EB work search requirements.

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Federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Programs Have Ended

As of June 26, 2021, the State of Texas has ended its participation in the federal pandemic unemployment benefit programs. As a result, the final benefit week that the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) paid federal pandemic unemployment benefits under the American Rescue Plan was the benefit week ending June 26, 2021. 

This included:

  • The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program for those who traditionally did not qualify for regular state benefits, such as self-employed and independent contractors, or exhausted all other benefits
  • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation Program (PEUC) that extended regular state benefits
  • Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation Program (FPUC), which provided an additional $300 weekly benefit payment.

If you were receiving PUA, PEUC, and FPUC federal benefits, the last week you can request benefit payment for was the week ending June 26, 2021. You will not receive any further pandemic program benefit payments after June 26, 2021, even if you had a balance remaining on your claim. TWC will notify you if you are eligible for any other unemployment benefits claim program. 

If you are on Regular unemployment, the additional $300 a week benefit ended June 26, 2021, but TWC will continue to pay you regular benefits as long as you remain eligible, and you have not exhausted your state benefits.

If you have been receiving PUA benefits, you will still be required to provide proof of employment, self-employment, or prospective employment or self-employment, even though TWC’s participation in the pandemic claims program has ended. When TWC requests proof of employment, you must provide the proof by the deadline indicated on the notice. This requirement remains in effect even after the PUA program ended. If you fail to provide proof, you may have to repay all PUA benefits you received from December 27, 2020, or from your initial PUA claim date.

For more information, see Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

The Texas Workforce Commission will continue to provide additional information to claimants now that we have transitioned away from these federal pandemic-related benefit programs.

Returning to Work: For help finding your next job, please visit www.MyTXCareer.com or www.WorkInTexas.com and use the virtual and in person services at local Workforce Solutions offices throughout the state.

 

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New ID Verification Service Protects Your Personal Information

The Texas Workforce Commission has partnered with ID.me, an identity verification service, to protect your personal information and prevent unemployment benefits fraud.
 
If you are an unemployment benefits claimant, TWC may ask you to verify your identity through ID.me. The process is fast, easy, and secure.  The service is free and ensures that you are the only one who can access your unemployment claim information.
 

Did You Receive a Notice to Verify Your Identity Through ID.me?

If you are claiming unemployment benefits and received a letter to verify your identity using ID.me, please go to ID.me to verify your identity.

If you did NOT file a claim for unemployment benefits and received a letter to verify your identity using ID.me, you should NOT verify using ID.me. Instead, you should report the ID theft claim on TWC's online UI Fraud Submission portal (English). See the Unemployment Benefits Identity Theft page for more information.  

Suspected ID Theft Claim

If you are not claiming unemployment benefits and have information that a claim was filed using your identity, please report the ID Theft claim on TWC's online portal. 

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Job offer or return-to-work offer refused? Let us know.

To be eligible for unemployment benefits, claimants must be willing, able, and available for full-time work and they must apply for and accept suitable work. If you made a job offer to an applicant or gave your employees a chance to return to work but they refused, TWC needs to know. Please report these instances on our online Employer Work Refusal Documentation form. Although TWC will take appropriate action when you submit a report on individuals receiving unemployment benefits, not all submissions will prompt a return correspondence.

If the person did not appear for the interview or refused the job due to a reason not listed on the Documentation form, select Other from the Reason for Refusal drop-down menu, and give a short description in the Refusal Other Description field.

Employers who posted a job on WorkInTexas.com can follow these instructionsPDF to report why an applicant was not hired.

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TWC Unemployment News

Treasury Offset Program Collection

In October 2016, TWC began issuing letters to former unemployment benefit claimants who have debts that are subject to collection through the Treasury Offset Program (TOP). TOP is a federal program that collects past due debts owed to federal and state agencies by capturing Internal Revenue Service tax refunds to offset these debts. Claimants with an overpayment caused by incorrectly reported earnings, fraud and fraud penalties are subject to TOP. For more information, go to Overpayment of Unemployment Benefits.

U.S. Bank Debit Card

If you are paid benefits by debit card, you will automatically receive a U.S. Bank ReliaCard® in the mail. For more information, go to Receiving Benefits by Debit Card.

Electronic Unemployment Benefits Correspondence

Would you like to go paperless? Sign up for Electronic Correspondence to access to your unemployment benefits correspondence online, using a secure, personal inbox.

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Income Taxes & Your Unemployment Benefits

You must report all unemployment benefits you received to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on your federal tax return. We mail IRS Form 1099-G in January, which provides all the information you need to report your benefits.

Beginning in mid-January, you can find the amount of benefits we paid you and any federal taxes withheld on Unemployment Benefits Services (View IRS 1099-G Information) or by calling Tele-Serv at 800-558-8321 (select option 2). TWC staff does not have that information before mid-January.

Find information on reporting your unemployment benefits to the IRS

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Unemployment ID Theft

Go to the Unemployment ID Theft webpage if you are not claiming unemployment benefits and have information that a claim was filed using your ID.

Report ID Theft