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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 www.in.gov/dwd/unemployment, 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. A family member was terminated from a job, with an unclear statement as to:
    1) Was the position eliminated or not…e.g. reorganization?
    2) Was a past performance-improvement note involved?
    A)…yet no formal follow-up was conducted; no progress checks, etc.
    B) …no specifics were shared on “clearing” that purported p.i.p.
    3) If there would be any contesting the involuntary separation – which was effected without warning.
    – – I guess we anticipate a refuted case with the terminating firm, so what facts/documents should we gather to substantiate things with the State? THX

    1. Paul,

      I suggest you gather all the requirements which support the family member’s case. For further information, please call the Unemployment Office.

  2. My place of employment sold out to another company and my job was eliminated. I have recently applied for disability due to a lymphoma cancer diagnosis in June 2017. If approved I would not receive my first payment until November. Can I receive unemployment benefits for the 5 months that I would not be getting a check? The company did provide me 8 weeks of severance pay ending in June 2018.

    1. David,

      Unemployment Insurance benefits are only extended to claimants who’re able and available for work. Hope you get well soon.

  3. I quit my Illinois job to follow my spouse to Indiana. My Illinois unemployment has just ended. I had a part time job in Indiana for 3 months, then was let go as reduction in force in November. Am I eligible for Indiana unemployment?

  4. I work part-time 30 hours per week for one employer, but work part-time for another, approximately 18 hours per week. The part-time job is coming to an end at the end of April, due to my notice, after getting ill from the stress of the job. Before I began both of these part-time jobs, I was laid off from a full-time employer and claimed unemployment from them. Since I gave notice to one part-time job due to overly stress problems, would I be able to collect unemployment to make up difference of income from other part time job?

    1. Rita,

      I am not sure if you will qualify considering that you’re calling it a day voluntarily. Please call the Unemployment Office and seek their advice before making a decision on your job.

  5. If i take a onetime withdrawal from a pension plan immediately prior to filing unemployment will unemployment benefits be impacted?

  6. My wife was let go and is receiving unemployment benefits. Can she still receive benefits if she becomes self employed(real estate agent), with no income, while still applying for other jobs?

    1. You should be able to, provided you continue seeking full-time employment in the new state. Please call the Claims Center for details.

  7. Does the department of workforce development have the authority to subpoena bank records from my personal bank account?

    1. If you resigned from work for college, you will not be eligible to claim UI benefits.

      Please contact the Unemployment Office.

  8. Does the DWD have the right to get my personal information from prior employers?
    Does my prior employer have the right to give out my personal information to the DWD?
    What information can be obtained from the DWD?

    1. Tina,

      Both DWD and previous employer have limited right to obtain personal information for processing a UI claim. I am not sure to what extent. Perhaps, you can contact a lawyer or research on the internet to obtain the required information.

  9. if I quit my job bacuase of servere foot problems after working for 4+ years and a have documentation of my foot condition from my doctor. is it posible to recieve unemployment? Also, how long after leaving a job in indiana do you have file?

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

      Please call the Unemployment Office to inquire further.

  10. Can I collect Unemployment benefits after my severance pay runs out if I accept a voluntary separation program?

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

  11. I have taken a mutual separation from my company. I have been here 33 years and will received 36 weeks of severance. Will I be eligible at any point for UI if I don’t find a job while receiving my severance?

  12. I want to try to maximize the benefit amount. Support I get all my benefit paid out with 6 months left on my calendar benefit year.
    1. Is there a penalty if I start my pension within the Benefit Year, but after getting the max payout?
    2. Is there a penalty if I get some pay after the max payout by before the end of the benefit year?

    1. I am not really sure of how pension affects Unemployment Insurance benefits in your state.

      Please call the Unemployment Office for further details.

  13. I was fired from my job no fault of my own and while waiting to get approved for unemployment I found a part-time job that job let me work one day and never called me for my schedule so I lost that job to in the meantime I was approved for my unemployment since I got a part-time job and lost it will I lose my unemployment I reported my pay in my first week of filing

  14. I was terminated from my job due to work performance. I was given no warnings or had any knowledge that my job was in danger. I have filed my initial claim but did receive a one week severance pay. I understand about the one week wait but am not sure when that actually started. Am I going to be penalized for the work performance issue?

    1. Yes, UI benefits are only provided to those who lose their previous job due to involuntary reasons.

      Your claim may be denied. Please call the Unemployment Office in your state for further information.

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

  15. I work full time 40 hrs per week. It has really slowed down and they are talking about asking based on seniority for some voluntary time off. I have only been here 2 months so I would be the first one they would come to.

    Can I draw unemployment benefits if I take voluntary time off?

    1. I am afraid you will not be eligible for voluntary reasons.

      Please call the Unemployment Office in your state for further information.

  16. If I am laid off and receive 12 weeks severance pay but it is paid in one lump sum payment upon separation, when am I eligible to begin receiving unemployment benefits?

    1. You will be required to wait until the expiry of the severance pay period.

      Please call the Unemployment Office in your state for further details in this regard.

      1. If I was RIF (Reduction in Force) from my company but I received 35 weeks of severance pay in a lump sum, I know I have to wait 35 weeks, but when should I notify Unemployment? Should I wait until next year to put everything in, just in case I do not find a position that pays close to what I was making to live on?

        1. Good question. Generally, you only apply (and also notify) when the Severance Pay period is over.

          However, since yours is a long time pay, please speak to the Unemployment Office to establish further action.

  17. I have been at my current position for only 6 weeks. I have accepted a position from a former employer,USPS, so I told my current employer that I wanted to give a two week notice. My current position is part salary, part commission. My Manager basically told me to not accept any more sales, that I wouldn’t be here for the closing(manufactured homes) and that after this week(the first week of my notice) that there wasn’t anything that I could do, so that would be my last day. What?? Is this allowed ?? I am trying to give them notice, but they are telling me to move on after 1 week(I’m getting the cold should this week).

    1. Well, since its a contract job, your employer may have inserted clauses in the contract which have aided their action.

      You may want to check further with the labor authorities in your state.

  18. MYy sister-in-law worked for 33 years as a nurse.She is needing hip surgery and hasn’t been as well as usual. The hospitol gave her an altimatum quit or be fired.She quit. Can she draw unimployment?

    1. Well, she should be able and available to work to be eligible.

      Please contact the Unemployment Office to ascertain eligibility.

  19. I was recently terminated because of a workplace accident that involved 2 of my employees. I was told it was a leadership failure on my part. Would I qualify for benefits?

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

      If it was not your fault, you can qualify.

    1. You may not continue to qualify if you take up a part time job.

      Please call the claims center for accurate information.

  20. I am about to be laid off and am at the age of 62. Can I receive um-employment benefits and also Social Security benefits also?

    1. Some states allow provision of both if you’re willing to actively look for employment. Not sure how it works in Indiana.

      Please call the Unemployment Office in your state to inquire further.

  21. I drive a shuttle bus for a university and the students are off for college breaks during the year; the spring break is almost 4 months long. Am I eligible to file for unemployment insurance for that period?

    1. Seasonal and scheduled time off from employment does not qualify. You may not be eligible.

      Please check further with the labor authorities in your state.

  22. I quit my job in Kansas to take care of my mom in July . I found a temp job in Indiana in September and was recently fired for performance issues and not being a “good fit”. Would I be able to recieve benefits?

  23. I was laid off in July due to a company contract loss. I have since found work but the position I interviewed for and the position that they have since put me in does not work for my family life. Am I eligible to claim unemployment from my previous lay off if I quit my present position and look for work?

  24. I have had to take custody of my 2 grandchildren and cannot find a sitter for swing shifts and week-ends. One of them has a disability. If I have to quit my job to take care of them can I draw unemployment benefits

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

  25. I am an AmeriCorps member and want to know if I would be eligible for unemployment benefits. Thanks.

    1. Please check with HR department your company.

      If they are paying the relevant taxes that contribute towards UI fund, you can be eligible.

  26. I am 59 1/2 and my job position is being eliminated in about 4 1/2 months. If I do not find a another position I understand I will be eligible for UI. How long can one draw UI if for example if one cannot find a suitable job prior to turning 62?

    1. You can consider applying for UI benefits as long as your separation from the job was not due to voluntary reasons.

      The duration is something we cannot comment on as it is based on many factors and can only be determined once you apply.Generally, its up to 26 weeks.

  27. Hello

    I am losing my job in a month, and also collect a small pension from another job. will this pension affect unemployment benefits if I need to apply for them?

  28. have a full time job that is being eliminated, and am eligible for ue benefits from that, however i have a part time job as an independent contrator, where my wages and taxes are not declared until the end of the fiscal year. can i still collect unemployment, or do i need to end my contract in order to collect unemploment?

    1. Independent contractors are generally not eligible.

      Please check with the labor dept in your state if you can apply on the basis of your last full time employment.

  29. Question: Does the state of Indiana have a law that would require an individual to pay back unemployment money after being approved for SSI or SSD Be3nefits ??

  30. My husband is being relocated to texas, and this means I will have to quit my job and move as well. Can u file for unemployment through indiana?

    1. UI benefits are extended to those who become unemployed involuntarily.

      Please check with the labor dept in your state.

  31. I suffer from PTsd depressive disorder and acute anxiety, I am eligible for retirement from the police department. CAN I DRAW UNEMPLOYMENT AFTER RETIREMENT

    1. If you meet the eligibility requirement and are looking for a job post retirement,please consider applying for UI benefits.

  32. my homepage says that i can resume my ui benefits and let me file for this week but my claim expired dec 28th. so will i be able to claim and receive more benefits or not?

  33. my wife was employed full time in 2013, as of jan. 2014 she only works a few hrs. per week at the same business, can she qualify for unemployment?

  34. Can you file for unemployment if your place of business is bought by a new owner? I have worked their for 1 and half years.

    1. If you’re or being laid off, you should be eligible to receive UI benefits.Reason for separation should not be due to a fault from you.

  35. I was recently downsized by my employer. I am 62 so I went on social security. Having trouble making ends meet. Can I also draw unemployment as a look for a new job ?
    Are there any earning limits I need to worry about ?

    1. In some states,drawing social security benefits can be a roadblock when you decide to claim unemployment insurance.If you quit voluntarily,you will be ineligible to receive benefits.

  36. we are going to be reducing some of our employees hours… From about 40 to about 20. Can they file for unemployment? do they need to keep looking for full time work? where do they file?
    Thank you for your help

    1. my company hasn’t had work for me in three weeks, can I file unemployment for that even though I am still technically still employed there

        1. To be eligible, you need to have active employment in the last 4-5 calendar quarters. I am assuming you don’t.

          You will not be eligible to draw UI benefits.

    2. In September of 2013 I took a 30% cut in pay in order to keep my job. Many were approached by HR and offered permanent layoff or the option to take different positions for a reduced rate. I asked HR for 24 hours to think this thru (so I could discuss with my spouse), I was told “no”, I had to render my decision right then. Out of panic I took the lower paying position not fully understanding what this would do to my household. My question is if I voluntarily leave my job at this point, Can I qualify for unemployment due to the 30% pay cut and the unreasonable denied request to have a day to think this through?

  37. I had to quit my jobs in Indiana to move to Florida. I have been here 4 weeks and can not find a job. Can I apply for unemployment and if so do I apply through Indiana

    1. If you have any income at all in Florida, you might be able to apply there. As you apparently do have income in Indiana, I would recommend starting there. You might ask them about backdating the claim.

  38. If I’m receiving unemployment and I’m moving out of state can I continue to receive employment until I find another job?

    1. Hi,

      You must satisfy all the weekly requirements despite being in other state. Which means, you must continue work search efforts, file weekly claims, be able and available to work and other special requirements (if any) while out of the state.

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