- Have the client provide verification of the payments. Verification may be:
- Social Security award letter,
- benefit payment check,
- Unemployment Insurance award letter,
- pension award notice,
- Veterans Administration award notice,
- correspondence on benefits, or
- Railroad Retirement award letter.
- Get verifications from other sources if the client does not have the records available:
- State Online Query (SOLQ),
- Social Security District Office Files,
- Department of Labor - Unemployment Insurance Division,
- AWVS system,
- Workmen's Compensation records,
- Veterans Administration records,
- insurance company records, or
- Railroad Retirement Board records.
Budgeting UI Benefits When Taxes are Deducted
Use the gross amount when budgeting unemployment insurance (UI) benefits.
Example: Mr. W. receives $425 bi-weekly in UI benefits before taxes are deducted. The correct amount to budget as unearned income is $425 x 2.15 = $913.