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Arkansas Unemployment Benefit Questions

What happens when my benefits run out?

 If you have not become re-employed by the time your unemployment insurance is exhausted (drawn out), contact your local office to determine if or when you might qualify for additional benefits. You may qualify for another regular claim for benefits or extended benefits, if we are in an extended benefits period.

Even if you are not able to establish a new claim, please continue to visit your local DWS office so they can assist you as much as possible in your search for new employment.

Do I have to pay Income Tax on my Unemployment Benefits?

Yes, Unemployment Benefits are subject to Federal Income Taxes. The Arkansas DWS offers claimants the option of having 10% of your weekly benefit amount deducted for payment of Federal Income Tax. If you choose to have income tax deducted, you will not be required to make a quarterly estimated tax payment on the income you receive from UI benefits. If you do not choose the weekly income tax deduction, you should consult the IRS, or the person who prepares your taxes, for instructions necessary to make your quarterly estimated tax payment.

I think my unemployment check has been lost in the mail. What should I do?

If you do not receive your unemployment check within 7 days from the date it was mailed, you should report to your nearest DWS local office to file a tracer.

What is an interstate claim?

An Interstate Claim is a claim being paid by Arkansas even though you live in another state. To file an interstate claim, call our automated Telephone Initial Claims (TIC) line at 1-800-461-9941.

What if I worked in more than one state?

If you have worked in more than one state during your base period, wages from any other state will not appear on the first monetary determination you receive. You may combine your wages from all states into a combined wage claim as long as you have at least one quarter of Arkansas wages in the Traditional or Alternate Base Period. Advise your local office if you have worked in another state and they will assist with combining your wages into one claim. Doing this may increase the Weekly Benefit Amount of your Arkansas claim. If you do not have any Arkansas wages to combine with, you will be advised of which states you can file in.

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Questions & Answers

  1. Carolyn Herrin says:

    If a person quits their job for management reasons, and was denied unemployment, and they went to work part time about 2 months at a school as a fill in.And was never promised a part time or full time job when school started . Can the draw unemployment?

    • Adrian says:

      If you think you were denied wrongfully earlier,you can file an appeal.

      Not sure if you can draw on the basis of your immediate last employment.

  2. Lanette says:

    After working for this company for 5 years I was told I could not continue because I did not have a degree. They have offered me a position working 1 hour per day 5 days per week. This is a 10th of what I was making with no benefits. If I turn the job down, can I draw unemployment?

    • Adrian says:


      Involuntary unemployment is not a qualifier. You can claim for the min. hours not worked in a week.

  3. Lisa says:

    Do i hv a waiting week ,if i have filed for unemployment benefits within a year time frame

  4. Rick Herrin says:

    I got fired from my job 9/202013 when I filed. My unemployment I failed to put on it about the shop at my house that I do very little work, and I hadn’t done any work there in months until just recently and I’ve had a couple of small jobs, which I turned in on my weekly report I was told recently that I can’t draw any benefits untibecuase I was under the extension and congress hadn’t passed it, I want to know why I’m not eligible to draw after I have covered the 19 weeks penalty they said I would be . Why would I not be eligible for regular unemployment?

    • Adrian says:

      I assume that you have not received regular UI benefits from from you state.Only after expiry of the state provided UI, you can be considered for extension.

      Please speak to the claims center of the labor department in AZ immediately and raise an issue regarding this.

  5. Ron Lee says:

    How much is left on my account?

  6. Elizabeth Moorman says:

    I quit my job for several reasons one of poor management. I applied unemployment was denied then appealed it and was denied againrty They said I would have to work thirty days before I could draw any thing, I’m a full time college student now and I was wondering if that counted for anything?

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