January 18, 2005
"An employee who worked for more than one employer in 2004 may be eligible for a refund," said O'Claray. "Workers who had more than $135.50 in unemployment taxes deducted for the year can apply to the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development for a refund of any overage."
The commissioner said these taxes are usually designated as 'ESC,' 'ESD,' 'UI,' or 'SUI' on an employee's W-2 form. The labor department's Employment Security Division collects taxes for the unemployment insurance program.
Alaska is one of only three states where both the employer and the worker contribute to the fund from which unemployment benefits are paid. State statutes provide for a refund to any worker who contributes in excess of $135.50, the per-employee annual contribution maximum.
Forms to apply for a refund are available from the Employment Security Tax Office in Juneau at 907.465.2757, tollfree at 1.888.448.3527 or by a mailed request to: Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Employment Security Tax Office, P.O. Box 25509, Juneau, AK 99802-5509.
Refund form requests may also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or downloaded from the department's web site at http://www.labor.state.ak.us/estax/forms/toc_forms.htm
Requests for refunds must be made by December 31, 2005.