Oklahoma Employment Security Commission Executive Director Shelley Zumwalt said with unemployment rates high due to COVID-19 there has been an uptick this year on people filling out 1099-G forms.
To get ahead of the problem OESC created a hotline for people with questions.
“It’s no surprise to anyone that fraud occurred during that time and there are going to be people that are going to be receiving 1099-G forms that they were unaware their information had been used fraudulently,” said Zumwalt.
“We wanted to proactively set up a resource for those people and then other people who may have moved or there was a mail issue, and they didn’t receive their legitimate 1099-G form and they need it to file their taxes,” said Zumwalt.
People with questions about the form can now call OESC's hotline Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and speak directly with someone about questions and how to fill out the form.
“The hotline is separate from the main number. We want to make sure people know that. Make sure you are calling the right number because the 1099 phone call won’t take more than 10 minutes in most cases,” she said.
If you are more comfortable using a computer OESC has an online tool. You can find it on the bottom right side of the commission's website.
“It’s part of moving the agency towards 2021 and making sure that we are meeting people halfway in the way that they communicate with the world,” said Zumwalt.
Once you get someone on the line, OESC will take down your information. Then you will get an email with a revised 1099-G or a letter stating it was filed fraudulently and it is not needed.
OESC hotline number: 405-521-6099
For more information visit the OESC website by Clicking Here.