Indiana Unemployment Benefit Questions

Updated : June 19th, 2019

What if I stop claiming benefits to go back to work temporarily?

If you return to work, stop submitting your vouchers. If you become unemployed again, you will need to reopen your claim online at, or report to your local WorkOne Center to reopen your claim. You will need to reopen your claim the week that you are no longer employed in order to receive benefits for that week. You can not go back and claim benefits for weeks you did not file and claims cannot be backdated. Remember, if you want taxes withheld from your UI benefits, you must indicate this each time you re-open your claim.

What happens if I move?

If your address changes, you must notify DWD by one of three methods—in writing, in person, or by changing your address online through Uplink, the unemployment insurance online filing system. Due to security reasons, changes of address cannot be done over the telephone.

NOTE: If your address changes while you have an appeal pending, please contact the Appellate Division to update your address as well. Address changes in Uplink do NOT automatically update the Appellate Division’s records.

Do I have to report earnings if I am working in another state while claiming benefits in Indiana?

Yes. No matter where you are working, you must report any wages you earn while claiming benefits (this includes earnings from self-employment). DWD routinely cross-checks tax records in Indiana and other states.

Do I have to pay taxes on my unemployment insurance benefits?

Yes. Unemployment benefits are taxable income and are subject to both federal and state/local taxes. DWD will send you an IRS Form 1099-G for tax reporting purposes, which you receive in late January. You may choose to have 10% of your UI benefit payment withheld to pay federal taxes. You may also choose to stop withholding at any time. If you choose to have taxes withheld, you must do so each time you reopen your claim after a period of employment. Taxes are not withheld automatically.

Can money be deducted from my benefits if I receive severance pay?

Yes. Severance pay for all individuals will be deducted from unemployment insurance benefits. For example; if you receive 8 weeks of severance pay, you will not be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits until week 9. However, immediately after becoming unemployed those receiving severance pay should apply for unemployment insurance benefits.

Can I collect benefits from more than one claim at a time?

You can only receive benefits from one claim at a time. This includes claims from other states.

More Questions?? —-> Read Benefit Q & A Section

  1. My unemployment is for 26 weeks. However, the maximum dollar amount does not match 26 weeks. It comes to about 2/3 of that. Is there a extended unemployment plan to cover the remaining weeks? Allen county, Indiana

  2. Hello,
    My position was eliminated by my employer of 29 years. My leaving was Not voluntary. I did receive severance offered by employer for a maximum of 25 weeks. Am I now ineligible for U.I. because I received this severance?

    1. Scott,

      You can be eligible to claim after the expiry of the severance payout. If it’s a one-time payout, you can apply for UIB immediately.

  3. Can I get extension on my benefits because it’s saying that my moneys ran out but it doesn’t end until October what do I do what can I do

    1. Juan,

      The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

  4. You can claim all day everyday. But getting anything is another thing. You better have good luck and pray a lot. That is your only chance you have in this state. It is not a give and take here, it is only take by the state. Why do you think we were in the top five in the surplus in the country a few years back??? It sure wasn’t because they are that good at there jobs. That is just fact. So I am finally going to let them know the truth. This is (Reality hitting home) but they will hid this under the rug. Just like everything else, they do not want the taxpayers to know. The same as the curupt Media.

  5. If a laid off employee is eligible for $390 benefit and helps a farmer for one week and receives $400 does that reduce his unemployment insurance to $0?

  6. I received a result that states. YOUR BENEFIT RIGHTS HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED EFFECTIVE WEEK OF 10/27/2018 UNTIL YOU HAVE EARNED REMUNERATION IN EMPLOYMENT IN AT LEAST 8 WEEKS EQUAL TO OR EXCEEDING THE WEEKLY BENEFIT AMOUNT. Does that mean i will not receive any UI benefits unless I do and win an appeal?

    1. Travis,

      If your earnings during the base/alternate base period do not meet the criteria, I am not sure if an appeal will help you win it.

  7. My company I work for ( Glaval Bus)is moving from Elkhart In to Goshen In. Not sure if I want to go or not-the drive is to far. If offered a position there do I have to take it or if they offer less money do I have to take ? Will I be eligible for unemployment if I decide not to go?

    1. Tom,

      If you don’t accept the move and decide to leave, you may not be eligible. Please call the Unemployment Office in your state to confirm before making a decision.

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