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    Changes are Coming to IDES Benefit Charge Statements

    Submitted by Richard Allen, EA, AFSP

    Electronic Notification Only Through
    The volume of unemployment claims resulting from the COVJD-19 pandemic has made employer notification of benefit charges through the mail impossible. As a result, all further 2020 Statements of Benefit Charges (BEN-118) will only be delivered electronically through

    Waiver of All COVID-19 Related Benefit Charges
    Recent legislation has become law which waives all benefit charges directly or Indirectly related to COVID·19 for taxable employers for weeks of benefits paid from March 15, 2020 through January 2, 2021. The Benefit Charge Statements will display all weeks of unemployment benefits paid for each employer’s workers/former workers. You will only have to mark those charges that are not attributable to COVID-19 (fraud, other reasons for separation, etc.) in order to take advantage of the waiver of COVID·19 related benefit charges.

    Further instructions will accompany the electronic version of the BEN-118 when It is posted to your unemployment insurance account in MyTax.

    If you have not done so already, sign up for an unemployment insurance account In MyTax to receive the Statement of Benefit Charges later this summer.

    To register, visit and click on the “Registration” tab.

    If you have any questions, please call IDES at the number below.
    Employer Hotline: (800) 247-4984, option 2
    Fax: (217) 557 ·1948
    Illinois Department of Employment Security
    33 S STATE ST, 10th Floor
    CHICAGO, IL 60603·2802

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