To request an appeal, you must send a Request for Appeal letter to the EDD within 20 days of the mailing date of the Notice of Overpayment. The mailing date can be found in the upper right hand corner of the first page of the Notice. The address you need to send the appeal letter is also on the Notice.
Your letter needs to include your current contact information, your Social Security Number, and a simple statement indicating you disagree with the EDD’s Notice of Overpayment. You will have an opportunity to thoroughly prepare and present your arguments during an appeal hearing. Keep your communication short and relevant. This is not the point in time at which you offer evidence in your defense. You are only requesting an Appeal.
In the meantime, you might consider retaining a local unemployment law attorney to represent because, while it is unlikely that you will be prosecuted, it is important that you do not lose the appeal because of the money involved, and because of the fact that you stand to be penalized in the future as well if you again become unemployed and have need to file a claim.
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