From IDES: 1 (888) 337....Why certify for benefits (or, why 'claim weeks' of unemployment)?
> (312) 338-4337
If you do not certify, you will not receive Unemployment Insurance benefits!
Note: Before any benefits can be paid on a new claim, you must serve a non-paid "waiting week". Electronic payments made to eligible individuals are generally available within 2-3 business days of certification.
What if the Tele-Serve phone number is busy?Wait. Call volume is particularly high early in the morning (especially Mondays and Tuesdays). If the number is busy, hang up, and try calling again in the afternoon or up to 8:30 p.m. that same day. Certifying early on your scheduled call date doesn't make payments come any faster.
If you miss your scheduled call date, you may still call on Thursday or Friday of the same week. You may also call on your regular call day the following week (or Thursday or Friday of that week).
Please remember, if you do not certify - or claim weeks - for unemployment benefits, you will not receive any payment.
1099s Mailed by IDES for Tax Year 2008Chicago (1/27) - Because unemployment benefits are subject to federal and state income tax, each year Form 1099-G is mailed by January 31st to those individuals who received UI benefits in the previous calendar year, using the last address on file. These documents may be forwarded, provided the Post Office has a current "mail forwarding" request on file.
What is the Tele-Serve system?From 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m, Monday through Friday, including many holidays, the IDES Tele-Serve system is a fast, safe, reliable touch-tone phone service that enables you to do the following from the basic menu:
|Press 1||Claim Weeks of Unemployment|
|Press 2||Reopen Your Claim|
|Press 3||Check Status Of Your Claim|
|Press 4||Establish or Change Your PIN|
|Press 5||Obtain General Information About IDES|
When should I certify using Tele-Serve?
What are the phone numbers?
|Statewide Tele-Serve number |
(including callers in the Chicago area)
|TDD (Hearing Impaired) |
(Hours for TDD-only: 8:30 - 5:00 on regular business days)
Unemployment benefits and taxesFederal tax form 1099-G's are mailed at the end of January each year to those individuals who received UI benefits in the previous calendar year. These documents may be forwarded, provided the U.S. Post Office has a current "mail forwarding" request on file.
Claimants who have not received their 1099 form should also contact the local office where their claim was filed for more information, assistance, or to update their IDES address record. Some individuals may be able to obtain a new form through Tele-Serve.
When you call, be sure to have your:
- social security number
- personal identification number (PIN)
- earnings before taxes
- your latest Statement of Certification
- Paper and pencil to record any information given to you during your call
Certification Questions You Will Be Asked:
- Have you received or will you receive holiday pay? (Have holiday pay amount available)
- Did you work? (Have earnings before taxes available)
- Has your dependency status changed?
- Were you able to work and available for work?
- Did you actively look for work?
- Are you receiving or have you applied for a Social Security pension?
- Other than Social Security, are you receiving or have you applied for a retirement or disability pension?
- Are you attending school or receiving training?
- Have you claimed or will you receive workers' compensation for a temporary disability?
- Has your phone number changed? Enter your new ten-digit telephone number; Tele-Serve will read it back to you for verification. Confirm if correct.
- Has your mailing address or name changed?
- Call your Local Office during business hours to report address and name changes.
Important things to remember about Tele-Serve
"This ends your filing at this time."Guard your PIN: you are responsible for all activity on your claim! Record your work search efforts each week on the form provided by IDES.