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Any unemployment insurance benefits that you receive must be reported as part of your gross income for both state and federal tax purposes. To assist you in filing your tax returns, you will be sent an IRS Form 1099G showing the total amount of unemployment insurance benefits paid to you during the previous year. You may elect to have taxes deducted from unemployment insurance checks. You can choose to have either Federal taxes, Maryland state taxes, both or neither deducted from your check. You must sign and return the W4 form before any taxes can be withheld from your unemployment insurance benefits.
Have you been discriminated against by a potential or current employer -- as a job applicant or current employee? To best protect your legal rights you should discuss your situation with an employment lawyer. Meet with a local employment for employees attorney sooner rather than later to protect your rights.