The Unemployment Insurance Early Repayment program is designed to help those who have collected unemployment benefits to which they were not entitled (called an “overpayment”) and wish to avoid additional penalties that go into effect October 1, 2013.
Beginning October 1, claimants who knowingly collected overpaid benefits will not only have to pay the overpayment back and be assessed forfeit days against future UI claims, but also be charged a 15% monetary penalty on the overpayment or $100, whichever is higher.
The Labor Department will also have the authority to collect overpaid benefits by entering a judgment with the claimant’s local courts, taking some part of the claimant’s wages, attaching their bank account, and taking any Federal or State tax refunds. This is in addition to criminal penalties available under the law.
Claimants should download and fill out the Unemployment
Insurance Early Repayment Application.
Applications must be postmarked BEFORE SEPTEMBER 20 and mailed to:
UI Early Repayment Program
Building 12, State Campus
PO Box 15127
Albany, NY 12212
Submitting this application may help you avoid the 15% mandatory penalty that will be applied to overpayments identified and/or determined after October 1, 2013. The Department of Labor will also reduce the loss of future benefits penalty from eight (8) days for each false certification to four (4) days, and we will not refer your overpayment to law enforcement for criminal investigation.
If you have additional questions, please call: 1-888-598-2077.
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