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Maryland Unemployment Benefit Questions

Can I be paid for my dependents?

A dependent is defined as a son, daughter, stepson, stepdaughter, or legally adopted child (not grandchild or foster child) under 16 years of age for which you provide support.

You may be eligible for dependents’ allowance of $8 per dependent for up to 5 dependent children. Dependents’ allowance will only be paid for 26 weeks during any one-year period. Only one parent may claim a dependent during any one-year period. The maximum weekly benefit amount, including any dependents’ allowance is at present $430 per week. Calculate your benefit amount.

What if I am working full time but earning less than my weekly benefit amount (WBA)?

If you are working full-time but earning wages that are less than your weekly benefit amount (WBA), you are not unemployed as defined by the Maryland Unemployment Insurance law. As a result, you are not allowed for either total or partial unemployment insurance benefits. Therefore, it is your job to tell DUI staff that you are a full-time worker. Failure to disclose this fact may be viewed as an effort to falsely receive unemployment benefits.

Are unemployment insurance payments taxable?

Yes. Any unemployment insurance benefits that you collect must be reported as part of your gross income for both state and federal tax purposes.

To help you in filing your tax returns, there is an IRS Form 1099-G showing the total amount of unemployment insurance benefits paid to you during the previous year. You may choose to have taxes deducted from unemployment insurance payments. You can decide to have either Federal taxes, Maryland state taxes, both or neither deducted from your payment. You must sign and return the W-4 form before any taxes can be withdrawn from your unemployment insurance benefits.


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Questions & Answers

  1. D jordan says:

    how long does it take for the unemployment benefits to be approved and how long after approval before receiving unemployment benefits

    • Sam says:

      If there is not additional processing required and assuming documents are in place, you should receive the first payment in about 7-10 working days.

  2. john says:

    i received my benefits yesterday. I used my card twice yesterday and now it won’t let me use it anymore. What do i need to do so i can get the rest of my money?

  3. Hilary says:

    We have a seasonal layoff period in the winter and some employees that are temporarily layed off are asked to do other than normal functions like snow removal a couple of days a week or as needed. Is there a minimum and/or maximum benefit the employees can receive? How does working 1 or 2 days effect their benefit?

  4. John says:

    If you received a bonus check does it have to be reported?

  5. Lissa Marino says:

    I worked in Maryland but live in Pennsylvania – where do I apply?

  6. Charles Jenkins says:

    I am a full-time Maryland Resident. I was let go of my previous employer in Feb 2016 and received unemployment via Virginia until this month. I have applied for 78 jobs without any luck. Rejected by some due to age discrimination. Can I now apply for unemployment in Maryland ?

    • Martin says:

      If you’ve exhausted the allocated benefit weeks in VA, you will not be able to claim from MD.

      Please call the Unemployment Office in VA.

  7. chuck says:

    I have an employee who has worked for me around 90-100 days. He was on unemployment for a few weeks before I hired him as he was laid off from a company he had worked for for several years. If I lay him off who will be responsible for his benefits me or his previous employer? How will his benefits be calculated? Thank you for your help

    • Martin says:

      The responsibility generally lies with the current employer.

      You can call the Unemployment Office to confirm the mechanics.

  8. Bob Donati says:

    If an employee is laid off for a short time(2 weeks) , brought back to work (2 weeks), and laid off for another short period (2 weeks), is he eligible for unemployment each time he gets laid off? How long of a period of time does he have to be laid off before he is eligible for benefits (1 day, 1 week, 1 month)?

    • Martin says:

      If this is an ongoing situation, the employee can be eligible for UI benefits.

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

  9. David Eddy says:

    I’m filling out an application for clearance and need to have my job history for the last 7 years. Around 6-7 years ago I was drawing unemployment benefits from Maryland but do not know the dates that I collected from. Is there a way I can find out the dates I received unemployment benefits?

  10. Angus says:

    I retired from and currently receive a pension from the state of Maryland. To make ends meet I had to take on full time employment not connected to the state of Maryland, however I was recently laid off from this job.

    Even though I receive a pension from Maryland would I still qualify for unemployment due to the loss of my current job?


    • Martin says:

      Some states do provide Unemployment Insurance along with pension.

      Please call the claims center/customer service of the labor dept. in your state for further information and apply accordingly.

  11. Linda M. Lee says:

    I am eligible to reapply for benefits when my unemployment runs out

  12. adam says:

    why is it that i worked for a company for about 4 years plus. went out on medical leave and the doctors still don’t know what is wrong after a year, i get let go from work so i apply for unemployment and they tell me im qualify for benefits but since they base it off a 18 month time frame i get $0. why is it a 18 month time frame when i have put 4 + years into a company.

    • Jeff says:

      I can understand your plight. However, the base period will be the preceding quarters.

      Please inquire with the labor authorities in your state to see if there can be a concession.

  13. Starla says:

    Can an employee who is only part time still try to claim unemployment?

  14. don rose says:

    due to a brian illness my employer says i am no longer to adequatley do my job and has given me thirty days to find another would there be any medical benefits if i am not able to find employment

    • Adrian says:

      Please note that this site relates to unemployment and benefits associated with it.

      Please speak to your employer to explore the benefits that may be in store for you.

  15. Katie says:

    am I able to file for unemployment from being out of work due to a auto accident injury? How do I go about doing this, I was working full time until the day of the accident. I am still on the pay roll at my job.

    • Adrian says:

      You may not be eligible to file as the accident has put you to rest for some time until recovery.

      Please explore the options available under the workers compensation act for any benefits.

  16. caroline says:

    I want to withdraw my claim…only three weeks. I found a part time job. Explaining again and justifying is very hard on me.

    My employers are fighting and I feel not what I experienced…the events greatly miss perceived by them…or they are lying.

    I want to withdraw . Have received no money. Filed NO more than three telacerts

    I’m done. Forgive and move on. Found work to. Can I withdraw?

    • Adrian says:

      You can withdraw.If you filed online, please log onto your account and check for a relevant option to withdraw.

      Else, you can also call the claim information center on 1 – 800 – 827 – 4839 for a procedure on withdrawal.

  17. wanda says:

    I worked for an organization for 6 months and I was wrongfully terminated. Why when I applied for unemployment, I received that my benefits will be paid by my prior employer and not by my last employer

    • Adrian says:

      All employers pay certain taxes which is funded to pay out weekly benefits for unemployed citizens.

      It should not matter where it is coming from as long as it is legitimate and beneficial.

  18. David Abel says:

    I have worked Jan thru Oct in PA. NOW, I am working thru a Missouri based contractor, physically in Baltimore, MD (3 month contract). In Feb. of 2014 when the contract ends, where do I file unemployment? PA or MD?

  19. Tom Grim says:

    Retired military. Full time employment – laid off. Eligible for unemployment payments?

    • john o fasusi says:

      if I leave my job due to my health, will I be eligible for unemployment, pending the time that I will found another job.

      • Adrian says:

        If the illness is due to work, you may explore workers compensation for related relief.Eligibility to UI depends on your availability to work in the future.

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