Oregon wrongly mails tax forms to nearly 33,000 people

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Close to a quarter of the 1099-G tax forms for 2023, which were sent out to Oregonians this week, may have ended up in the wrong mailboxes.

The state Department of Administrative Services announced Friday, Jan. 26, that a mailing error occurred while sending the tax forms to people who received benefits from the Unemployment Insurance program in 2023. This error hit almost 33,000 of the more than 122,000 mailings.

As a result, some Oregonians have not received a tax form 1099-G at all, and others may have received an additional form not belonging to them.

Form 1099-G is issued to people to inform them of funds that they have received that they may need to report on their federal income tax return. The forms show a person’s total unemployment compensation payments for the year.

The state administrative services agency, known as DAS, was informed of the error by a mailing contractor on Wednesday, Jan. 24.

Upon learning of the error, DAS ordered the contractor to halt the mailing job immediately. DAS officials will finish the mailing and will re-send tax form 1099-G to the entire subset of Oregonians whose mailings were incorrect. The work will be completed by Jan. 31, the agency said.

What information was involved?

The information contained in tax form 1099-G includes the following:

  • Recipient’s name and address
  • Recipient’s TIN, also known as the last four digits of the Social Security number
  • Amount of unemployment compensation
  • Amount of federal income tax withheld
  • Amount of state income tax withheld

What action do Oregonians need to take?

People who received a tax form 1099-G related to benefits from the Unemployment Insurance program, which has the name of someone else on it, are asked to destroy the document.

People who don’t want to wait for the paper form also can access their tax form 1099-G online through the Online Claim System. Click on the button titled “1099-G Tax Forms” toward the bottom of the page.

People who can’t use the Online Claim System and who don’t receive a tax form 1099-G by Feb. 15 should contact the Unemployment Insurance Division of the Oregon Employment Department using the Contact Us form at oedcontactus.oregon.gov/hc/en-us/requests/new.

For more information

Phone and online resources are being set up to address questions specifically related to the incident, according to the department. The toll-free phone line will be staffed starting Monday, Jan. 29, and will be open between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. The number is 855-734-4816.

Access the department’s website at unemployment.oregon.gov/1099G-mailing-error for further details

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