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.