I’d had the same job for over 10 years. In September of 2004, I was let go because the company simply wasn’t making enough money to pay me. (I earned close to $1000 per week) About 3 weeks after they laid me off I began collecting unemployment at the maximum rate of $405 per week.
During the next 8 months, this company was occasionally able to offer me a week of consulting work. This was NOT the same type of work that I used to do for them, and it was not in the office, so they paid me via regular check and I paid income tax and self-employment tax on the money. When they gave me a week’s work, I did not claim benefits for that week from UI.
1) When I was doing my taxes, I went back through all of my records and found that there were 2 weeks in 2005 that I claimed unemployment benefits but actually did some work for my old company that paid me more than the $405 minimum. I have NOT received an overpayment determination for these two weeks. However, I know it’s just a matter of time. I would like to contact them and voluntarily repay for these weeks BEFORE I get hunted down. Is this a bad idea? I just want to get it taken care of before they go after me and involve my employer—I have been rehired on a part-time basis and need to keep the job!
2) For the weeks that I did work and did tell UI that I was working, I think I underreported my gross income for those weeks because I wasn’t sure how much I would actually get paid. However, I received zero benefits those weeks anyway. So does the underreported income matter?
I AM NOT CONCERNED ABOUT REPAYING ANY/ALL OF MY BENEFITS! I will happily take out a loan and repay anything I owe, even if it's all $10000 or so of my 6 months of benefits. My ONLY concerns are 1) impact on my current job, and 2) criminal action.