Indiana Unemployment Benefit Questions
What do I need to apply for Unemployment Insurance in Indiana?
To apply for Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits in Indiana, you’ll need your Social Security Number, Driver’s License Number, Employer Information Form, Pay Stubs, and any relevant forms like SF08, SF50, or DD-214. You can apply online.
How do I calculate my UI benefits?
You can use the Indiana Unemployment Benefits Calculator to get an estimate of your weekly benefit amount.
How do I apply for Indiana unemployment?
You can apply for Indiana unemployment benefits online. If you don’t have a computer, visit your local WorkOne Center for free access to the resource room. You’ll need your Social Security number, Driver’s License number, employer information form, and pay stubs.
What reasons can make me eligible if I quit my job?
You can still qualify for benefits if you quit your job for certain reasons, such as your employer making big changes to your job without asking you, an unsafe work environment, domestic or family violence, or relocating with your spouse.
How do I stay eligible for benefits?
To remain eligible for UI benefits, you have to be ready to work and actually look for work. You also need to document your job search activities and register for work on IndianaCAREERconnect.com. After you’ve been getting benefits for 8 weeks, you’ll also need to accept job offers that pay at least 80% of your previous wage.
How do I file my weekly claims?
File your weekly claims online through the system called Uplink. Do this for every week following your initial unemployment claim.
What’s the penalty for false information?
If you intentionally lie to get more benefits, that’s called unemployment fraud. You could face penalties and even criminal charges. The penalties include losing a portion of the overpaid amount and being banned from receiving future benefits.
Are there any extended UI benefits?
Regular UI benefits last up to 26 weeks in Indiana. Sometimes, extended benefits are offered when the unemployment rate is high or during disasters. Please note that all pandemic-related federal aid has expired.
Can I get help finding a job?
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, 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.
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 a portion of your UI benefit payment withheld to pay federal taxes. 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.