Unemployment Benefits and Form 1099-G: Subject to Federal Income Tax, not Montana Income Tax

February 3, 2021

Unemployment benefits are considered regular income and are subject to federal income tax, but are exempt from Montana income tax.

This includes benefits received under regular unemployment insurance, any special unemployment compensations authorized under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act or Continued Assistance for Unemployed Workers Act of 2020, and the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) and Interim Pandemic Assistance (IPA) programs.

The 1099-G is a form taxpayers receive that documents these payments from state government, including under regular UI, pandemic, and additional benefit programs. Those who received this form will need it to file their tax returns.

If you have further questions about your 1099-G, call the Montana Department of Labor & Industry at (406) 444-2556.

Those who receive a 1099-G form from DLI but did not file for unemployment benefits are likely victims of identity theft. Anyone who suspects fraud should call (406) 444-0072.

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The information on this page is related to Forms 1099-G issued from the Montana Department of Labor and Industry for unemployment benefits.

If you are expecting a Form 1099-G issued by the Montana Department of Revenue, see our information regarding Forms 1099-G.