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Florida Unemployment Benefit Questions

Can I cancel a claim that I have just filed? If so, what must I do to request that the claim be cancelled?

You can cancel a claim within 20 days of the date that your claim was determined, provided you have not received any monetary benefits.

Once a claim has been cancelled, it cannot be reinstated.

To cancel the claim, you must request the cancellation by writing or faxing a letter to:

Department of Economic Opportunity

Special Payments Unit

P.O. Drawer 5350

Tallahassee, FL 32314-5350

Fax: (850) 921-3938

In your letter, you must state the reason why you want to cancel the claim. The letter must contain your Social Security Number and your signature.

Where did you get the information that I worked while receiving benefits?

The Department of Economic Opportunity has partnerships with the State and National Directories of New Hires that provide information regarding an individuals’ employment status. In addition, benefit payments are compared to wage records reported by employers to the Florida Department of Revenue.  We also receive tips from the public and from employers in response to periodic notices the agency mails.

I am unemployed. How can I pay back this money owed?

If you are presently unemployed through no fault of your own, you may file an reemployment assistance claim and a determination will be made concerning your eligibility. If you are determined eligible, the weeks that you claim will be used to repay your overpayment first.  If you have benefits available on your claim once the overpayment is repaid, you may receive those benefits if you are still unemployed.

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Questions & Answers

  1. Scott says:

    Does unemployment pay for the weeks it takes to determine eligibility. I have been out of work since September and filed for unemployment for 10/01. Will I get money for 10/1 – determination?

    • Sam says:


      This week is considered as the “Waiting Period” and the claim payment begins after this period. Please call the Claims Centre for further details.

  2. Susan says:

    I was self employed for 16 years. Recently moved from FL to NY due to husband’s job.
    The self employment was I was in practice as a mental health counselor and the business
    was owned by my husband and myself. Can I file for unemployment in FL?

  3. Debra Beaver says:

    I have worked for my employer for three years ,two of which I have been his office manager and Nurse. I recently found out that my employer may merge with another doctor and expects me to become the other doctors employee and receive my paychecks from this other doctor and also take a pay deduction. My boss never discussed this with me until 6 days prior to the move and merge and I dont even know this doctor or where the office is located. The reason my boss is doing this is because he is going under financially and closing his private practice. My question is Am I eligible to draw unemployment since my boss is closing his practice and I won’t officially be employed by him. ? I have not agreed to work for the other doctor whom I don’t even know or met!!!!

    • Sam says:


      If your employer paid unemployment taxes into the system and you’re asked to leave due to involuntary reasons, you should be able to claim.

  4. Kim says:

    I have been displaced by Hurricane Irma. I do not have a permanent address so I opted for the net spend direct deposit which i have been with for over 2 years. Benefits is now saying it does not accept Net Spend cards! How do i collect when i am homless!!!

  5. Beckah Collins says:

    If you are married and relocating to another state for employment, can your spouse collect unemployment if he/she follows? The move is from Florida to Texas.

    • Sam says:

      You will not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

  6. joanne says:

    If a company purchases the current company that you work for and the new owner fires you within 90 days of taking over can you collect unemployment benefits

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