To protect taxpayer dollars from criminals and ensure Arizonans in need can access benefits in a timely manner, beginning this week, claimants filing initial claims for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) will need to verify their identities using ID.me’s safe and secure online portal before they can receive PUA benefits. Learn more.
States across the nation continue to see an extraordinary number of claims filed as a result of identity theft. DES has become aware that some Arizona residents are receiving notices and benefit cards at their address with the names of individuals who do not reside at that location. This is the result of criminals attempting to obtain funds from the new federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program by using randomly selected in-state addresses during the application process. More information regarding unemployment fraud can be found here. To report fraud, file a report online or call the DES Fraud Hotline at 1 (800) 251-2436.
In early August 2020, select state and local government, non-profit, and Federally recognized Tribal employers received an Unemployment Tax Statement from DES that indicated that the full balance on the statement was due on August 31, 2020. If you received this statement, please disregard the balance and deadline. Interest will not accrue on these balances until October 31, 2020 as DES works to implement recent federal law changes and federal guidance. If you already paid your full balance, DES will work to provide reimbursement for the 50% share covered by the federal government. Read the full notice here.