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Your unemployment insurance benefits are taxable. Any unemployment benefits you receive must be reported as part of your gross income on your federal and state income tax returns.
If you wish, you may choose to have federal and/or state taxes withheld from your unemployment benefit payments as you receive them. You may request to have federal and/or state taxes withheld from your weekly benefit check and forwarded by DET to the IRS and the DOR automatically. The federal tax withheld is currently 10 percent of your weekly benefit payment rate. The state tax withheld is currently 5.3 percent.
In order to have taxes withheld from your UI benefit payment, you must complete an Income Tax Withholding Request Form (Form W4VMA) .
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 attorney sooner rather than later to protect your rights.