(FinancialHealth.net) – Earlier this month we learned Texas overpaid tens of millions of dollars in unemployment benefits. Originally, the state wanted to recoup the money as its rules require. That’s no longer the case.
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) will no longer try to collect the overpayments that are “solely” caused by the agency. Spokesperson Cisco Gamez posted a media update on Facebook and explained the TWC is restricted from recouping those overpayments by court rulings.
Workers who lost their jobs and received overpayments from the Texas Workforce Commission will no longer have to pay back those unemployment benefits if it was the state’s mistake. https://t.co/DhLhNwzDLz
— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) July 12, 2020
The agency reportedly overpaid 46,000 Texans. TWC is trying to recoup $32 million, and although it’s unsure how much money was paid as a result of the government’s errors, Gomez said it’s very rare.
If you live in Texas and have received a notice that claims you’ve been overpaid, you can file an appeal. Just be aware the government can take legal action against you if it doesn’t receive its repayment. If you have any questions, you can call the TWC at (800) 950-3592.
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