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Are Unemployment Insurance Benefits Taxable?

Unemployment benefits are considered taxable income for both Federal and State Income Tax purposes. In most cases no income tax is deducted from your payment until a release form with your signature is received. You may elect to withhold federal income taxes, federal and North Dakota income taxes, or no taxes. If you choose withholding, Federal income taxes will be withheld at a 10% rate. North Dakota income tax is 2%. This means that a total of 12% will be withheld from the payments of those applicants who elect the Federal and State withholding option. You are responsible for any tax liability owed on these benefits.