If you are paid more unemployment benefits than you are eligible to receive for any week, you will be notified in writing that you have been overpaid. The amount of the overpayment will be automatically deducted from any later unemployment payments that are payable to you.
If no later benefits are payable to you or there is still an outstanding overpayment amount after later benefit payments are withheld, you will be responsible to repay the balance of the overpayment.
Payments can be made by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) from a checking or savings account, by credit or debit card, or by mailing in a check or money order. DWD accepts electronic payments by phone only, using a credit or debit card (Visa, Discover, or Mastercard, and a 1% service fee applies) or EFT (no cost).
Checks and money orders must be made payable to Unemployment Insurance and mailed to:
Unemployment Insurance Division
P.O. Box 7888
Madison, WI 53707
More information on repayment by credit or debit card can be found at: https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/uiben/overpayments/card
FAQ’s On Paying Back Overpayment
- I am not able to pay back the full amount of an overpayment right now. Do I need to pay it back within a certain timeframe?
- If you are unable to pay the full amount requested, please contact DWD at (608) 266-9701 Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. to discuss installment payment plan options that may be available to you.
- If I have an overpayment and I am now back to work, will my wages be garnished to pay back my overpayment?
- If you fail to setup an acceptable payment plan, or if you default on a payment plan, the department can garnish a portion of your wages to recover an overpayment.
- Will interest start to accrue on my overpayment if I am unable to pay it immediately?
- No. Benefit overpayments do not accrue interest. However, collection costs can accrue if the department must pursue certain collection actions to recover the debt, such as certified mail costs for collection notices.
Our agency has fully trained staff to determine overpayments in state benefits. Upon completion of benefit review, notices are sent to clients and the county in which the complaint originated, and then referred to the state Benefit Recovery Unit in Madison, Wisconsin. Need this service? Contact O’Brien And Associates today.