In 2009 I filed for unemployment
and was approved for 6 months of benefits. After receiving 3 checks, I was informed via letter that a re-determination was issued because my employer said I was a contractor (which I was not, the only paperwork ever filed during my employment was a W-4
). As a result, I lost my house, my credit score plunged and I became depressed. I filed an appeal which was denied, and after requesting further information, they said the burden of proof was on me, and I did not make a good enough case. I asked how to get proof, and was directed to submit an SS-8 with the IRS. I submitted that in February, 2010.
3 years later (I have documentation from the IRS stating that it took them 3 years to make the determination), I get the SS-8 from the IRS stating I was in fact an employee. After resolving my taxes with the IRS, I went to the UIA PRO center nearest me in July 2013, and filed another appeal. That was denied because of how long it had been. I was given a hearing in front of an Administrative Judge. She also denied my appeal for the same reason. I then appealed to the Board of Appeals (that appeal is still active and unresolved).
I am now getting letters threatening wage
garnishment to pay back the roughly $2000 (pay, interest, penalties) they say I owe them. They are threatening to take up to 25% of my paycheck.
What I don’t understand, is that I have documentation from the IRS stating I was an employee, not a contractor. The UIA got it wrong, and I have suffered as a result. If my current appeal also gets denied, what other options do I have available to me to
a) eliminate the debt they say I owe
b) get the money I was originally awarded
c) recover any additional monies lost as a result of their mistake