Is it tax fraud to draw unemployment while still working? 5 Answers as of November 27, 2012

I have been drawing unemployment while working. What should I do? Is this tax fraud?

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Mankus & Marchan, LTD
Mankus & Marchan, LTD | Tony Mankus
It appears to be fraud and you may have to pay back the unemployment benefits your received to your State employment agency. You could also be prosecuted criminally.
Answer Applies to: Illinois
Replied: 1/10/2011
LT Pepper Law
LT Pepper Law | Luke T. Pepper
It is fraud and in addition to tax issues you could face criminal penalties. Stop the activity immediately.
Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
Replied: 1/7/2011
Givner & Kaye
Givner & Kaye | Bruce Givner
It may be fraud (and, therefore, a crime) on the government that is paying you. But if you pay tax on the income it should not be tax fraud.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 1/6/2011
E. Ray Critchett, LLC
E. Ray Critchett, LLC | Ray Critchett
Generally, failure to report income can be determined to be tax fraud but I believe your primary concern is whether or not your actions would be considered unemployment fraud. In Ohio, you could be subject to re-payment of benefits, penalties, fines and/or imprisonment for fraud. You may want to discuss your situation in further detail with an attorney "off-line" so that all of your discussions will remain confidential. You may contact our office to schedule an appointment if you have further questions or if you need assistance with this issue. You can also schedule an appointment or obtain additional information at our website.
Answer Applies to: Ohio
Replied: 11/27/2012
Meyer & Yee, LLP
Meyer & Yee, LLP | Kent W. Meyer
As long as you report all of your income it is NOT TAX (IRS) FRAUD. However another government agency may consider it fraud.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 1/5/2011
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