Texas Unemployment Benefit Questions
When will my first benefit check arrive?
If you are deemed eligible, your first benefit check should arrive during the 3rd or 4th week post filing the initial claim. The payment you receive is for the 2nd payable week and will be issued by the TWC. The first week is considered as the waiting week for which you are eligible but you won’t be awarded any benefit checks during this week. However, you will be paid for the waiting week after the 3rd or 4th week.
If you don’t have any income or deductions and you continue to file your weekly claims, your payments will be as follows:
- File claims for 1st and 2nd week – payment will be given for 2nd week alone
- File claims for 3rd and 4th weeks – payment will be given for 3 weeks
- File claims for other 2 week periods – payment will be awarded for 2 weeks
Are UI Benefits Taxable?
Yes, benefits are taxable. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) wants you to report your UI benefits as income. TWC (Texas Workforce Commission) mails statements in January that tell the total amount of benefits paid to you during the calendar year. You can also call Tele-Serv for the amount. TWC report this amount directly to the IRS.
You may opt to have a portion of your benefits payment withheld for your taxes. If you wish to do so, then complete and return the tax withholding form we send to you by mail.
What to do if you move From Texas?
Tell TWC right away if you change your mailing address because:
- Texas Workforce office gives your new address to Chase Bank, which sends you the TWC UI Visa debit card and debit-card account information.
- The U.S. Postal Service does not forward some TWC documents that require a response. If you do not respond on time, you might not obtain benefits.
- We mail other important benefit and appeal documents, as well as IRS forms, to the address we have on record, so please keep it current!
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