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You’re responsible for paying federal and state income taxes on the benefits you receive. The Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) does not automatically withhold taxes, but you may request that taxes be withheld from your weekly benefits when you apply.
Your weekly benefits may also be reduced if you have a child support order or if you receive an overpayment on your weekly benefit.
Your unemployment benefits are taxable. If you want taxes withheld from your weekly benefit payments, you must tell us this when you apply. To do this, you may:
If you don’t want to have taxes withheld from your weekly benefits, you will be responsible for paying federal and state taxes directly later.
Current tax withholding rates
We’ll send you the tax form you need by Jan. 31 of the year after you receive benefits. This tax form is called Form 1099-G.
Child support payments
If you have a child support order from any state, you must tell us when you file for unemployment benefits. Your benefits will be reduced by the amount of the child support order.
Overpayment of benefits
If you are paid more than you were eligible for (an overpayment) by Massachusetts or any other state, your future weekly benefits may be reduced to make up for the overpayment.
From any area code, Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
From area codes 351, 413, 508, 774, or 978, Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
To request weekly benefits, daily 6 a.m.–10 p.m.