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Unemployment compensation is taxable income and must be reported each year even if you have repaid some or all of the benefits received.
The 2022 Annual Tax Rate Notices, DOL-626, are scheduled to be available on the Employer Portal by December 31, 2021. An email will be sent to email addresses on record once the tax rate notices are published. The notices will NOT be mailed.
Updated and Amended rules and certification of rules filed with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on December 28, 2021.
The Employer Filed (Partial) Claims (EFC) system has been reinstated with more stringent security measures to enhance the validity of personal and payment information used to determine entitlement to unemployment benefits. To prevent potential fraud and strengthen the integrity of our employer filed claims (partial) system, we are adding additional security requirements to our EFC process that mirror the requirements for individual claims.
Employers needing approaches and suggestions for overcoming their worker shortage, attracting new hires, and retaining them should watch this saved webinar.
To better serve our claimants and prevent Unemployment Insurance fraud, the Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) is partnering with ID.me to verify claimant identification.
The Continued Assistance Act of 2020 requires individuals who received Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits on or after December 27, 2020, to provide proof of employment/self-employment or a valid offer to begin employment and proof of wages. While PUA claimants were previously only required to provide proof of wages documentation, this new federal requirement to provide proof of employment documentation is a fraud prevention measure.
If a claimant's benefit year ends, he/she will need to file a new claim. A benefit year is the 52-week period beginning on the Sunday of the week a new claim is filed.
Adopted rules and certification of adopted rules filed with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on June 23, 2021.
Employers will experience changes regarding benefits charging and employer filed claims beginning June 27, 2021. During the pandemic, contributory employers were relieved of unemployment benefit charges for claims filed for individuals who were unemployed or partially unemployed due to COVID-19. Effective June 27, 2021, the relief for unemployment benefit charging will end regardless of the reason for unemployment. Unemployment benefits paid for weeks ending on or after June 27, 2021, will be charged to the most recent employer under the law section OCGA 34-8-43. Employers will only be allowed to submit six consecutive weeks of partial claims with no earnings. Individuals that are unemployed more than six consecutive weeks will be considered to be separated and subsequent claims filed will not be processed or paid. In such cases, employers are encouraged to convert claims from partial claims to individuals-filed claims to allow the individuals to request their own weekly benefits and report gross earnings if they work.