Over 100,000 residents of Massachusetts have received overpayments in unemployment benefits in the past few years. To recover from these overpayments, the taxpayers of the state are urged to return their 2023 tax refunds.Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 100,000 residents of the state of Massachusetts have received overpayments in unemployment benefits in the past few years. The overpayments were made because there was uncertainty over who were eligible to receive the unemployment benefits.
According to Notheis, following the overpayments, the state of Massachusetts’s Department of Unemployment Assistance is currently attempting to recover $719 million worth of payments from the taxpayers. This will be made possible if the taxpayers return some of their 2023 tax refunds which will reduce the amount they will receive this year.
More 2023 Tax Refunds
According to Reale, a total of 112,000 residents of Massachusetts have received overpayments in unemployment benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic. On average, each resident owes $6,400 worth of 2023 tax refunds the U.S. federal and state government.
Apart from the 112,000 residents, another 59,000 residents owe a total of around $370 million in 2023 tax refunds. These residents are excluded from the initial 112,000 residents because they were eligible for the overpayments but have failed to claim them. Nonetheless, the state of Massachusetts is performing more outreach programs to determine plans for repayment. Therefore, the 59,000 residents will not have their 2023 tax refunds reduced.