Indiana Unemployment Benefit Questions

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. I was on unemployment in 2021 but found a job and now that job is not working out (short staffed, over worked, rude management)

    Can I restart my unemployment?

  2. My unemployment is due to downsizing, not COVID 19. I am currently drawing unemployment. My former employer has offered me a seasonal position. However the weekly gross pay will be less than my weekly gross unemployment benefit. If I accept this position, can I file a voucher for the difference considering the current and former employer will be the same.

    1. Steve,

      I am not sure if you can claim UI benefits for indifference in compensation. Please visit the Unemployment Office website for more.

  3. SAM thank you for your answer now if i am to receive a lump sum package of severance , i have filed but have not yet received the severance pay . do i need to wait until i received my payment and then start claiming voucher

  4. Hi. I’ve been receiving unemployment benefits for a few months and only just now received my severance offer. If I accept the severance offer now, will I be in danger of overpayment? Or will they just begin deducting it now?

    1. Josh,

      Please notify the office of the severance payment you’ve received. There will be an impact on the current weekly payments.

      1. I lost a better paying job during Covid and now working a part time job getting paid less – can I still get unemployment? It wants me to put my current employer is giving me less hours in order to get but that’s not the case- they just give me less hours then my old job- is there a way to claim ?

        1. Kaleb,

          UI benefits are generally offered to claimants who are totally unemployed. Please call the Unemployment Office for clarification.

  5. Is it overpayment if UI & $600 still qualified me and what to do if you continued to file claims after having gone back to work. I let them know and now received another $600 plus UI?

    1. Lorna,

      If there is an overpayment, they will take it back. As long as you think you’ve not claimed overpayment, it should be fine.

  6. When reporting wages, do you use gross or net pay? I was terminated due to downsizing, not related to Covid. There is no drop down box for reason why I was terminated. The closest is “employer did not give a reason”.Stevr

  7. I made a mistake on my voucher a week or so ago. I answered a question wrong and now my benefits have stopped. What should I do?

  8. I received a 3 month severance package that started 1/1/20 paid out twice monthly. My last check will be deposited the end of March. When can I file for unemployment?

      1. I am receiving the one lump sum severance pay that is equivalent to 26 weeks of pay when can I file for unemployment

  9. Sam, thank you for your response. However, I have i have spoken with the officical reviewer and she is adamant I will not get any unemployement until after the 39 weeks. she even got her manger in involved. Lump sum has no bearing on it is what she says…Its frustrating because several people that I work with but live outside of Indiana and are recieving it. The company is based on warsaw, Indiana but she tell me it’s the state you live in…..

  10. How do I change my initial claim summary? I filed for UIB the week of with out knowledge of it being temporary or return date. This has created the need for applications vouchers. I contacted my employer and they informed that I filled out the claim wrong and I should be exempt of the claim applications.

  11. My husband position was eliminated after almost 12years, he received a lump sum severance of 17weeks pay, will he qualify for unemployment in Indiana?

      1. Hi this seems, straight forward but reviewing multiple links on the web, it clearly states lump sums are viewed differantly and if one recieves a lump sum, then i/we can recieve payment asap.. Not sure if Indiana is differant than most states? Please advise.. thanks

      2. Ok, many people got laid off from Zimmer Biomet in Warsaw, Indiana this month.. There seems to be a great amount of confusion. All received a “lump sum” severance. Some have been told you can/will receive UI immediately, as many articles state, yet the reviewer I spoke with says I must wait for the allocated period to expire. Some of my coworkers live in other states, and are receiving it asap. Can someone please address Indiana in regards to lump sums and not when you can file, but rather when you can get the weekly funds from UI?? please assist.. thanks much

  12. I’ve been collecting unemployment for about eight (8) weeks in Indiana, and during each of those 8 weeks, I’ve actively searched for work in compliance with applicable requirements.

    I work in a small industry. The job market in my industry is slow at the moment, but will probably pick up after the holidays.

    For reasons I’d rather not debate here, I feel strongly that continuing to submit applications now (during the slow hiring period) is counterproductive. And so, I’d like to “take a break” from my job search for a while, and restart my search for an appropriate job next year, once the market picks up.


    1. If I “take a break” from searching (during which time I’m not eligible for unemployment benefits), would I jeopardize my ability to RESTART collecting unemployment benefits AFTER I restart my search next year? (For example, would I be required to “reopen” my claim after I restart my search?)

    2. And if it is permissible to “take a break” from searching, would it be permissible to stop FILING for those weeks during which I didn’t conduct a search, and then restart filing once I restart my search? Or should I continue to file each week, but indicate that I didn’t conduct any job searches?

    NOTE: To reiterate, I know that I can’t collect benefits during the weeks that I’m not searching. And I’m aware that I can’t collect beyond my Benefit Year End (BYE) date. Those aren’t my concerns. Rather, I want know whether merely taking a break from searching could jeopardize my ability to restart collecting unemployment AFTER I restart my search next year. (I don’t want to do anything that would require me to “reopen” my claim.)

    1. William,

      Thank you for writing to us. Firstly, a “break” might not be a permissible situation unless you have a valid reason. TO get clarification, I suggest you reach out to the Unemployment Office.

  13. I have been receiving unemployment for about a month now and today when i did my voucher it has a yellow exclamation beside it and in the issue it says other discharge. Does anyone know why all the sudden it has done that?

  14. 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

    1. Robert,

      The amount paid should match the number of weeks you’ve been approved for. Please call the Claims Center for help.

  15. 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.

      1. Hi, but my question is this, you can apply but even if it is lump sum, do you not recieve payments until after those weeks?

        IE: I got a lump sum for 39 weeks, I applied as suggested, when will I recieve UI funds? thanks for any advice..

        1. Brad,

          You should receive the payment as per the regular timelines. Please check the payment status online.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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?

      1. I’m confused.

        My employer just announced that they are closing the whole Midwest division. They gave us a severance package and I am receiving 18 weeks. It is a lump sum payment, not weekly. Do I have to wait to receive unemployment benefits at week 19? Or should I start getting them right away? I won’t be on the payroll and will be completely separated from the company.


  19. 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.

  20. 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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