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An overpayment may occur when a claimant is paid unemployment benefits and is later found to not be eligible for those benefits.
Common reasons why any overpayment may be created:
An overpayment can only be established through a Deputy Decision, Division of Administrative Hearings Appeal Decision, or Unemployment Insurance Commission Decision. Please review any decision you receive from us carefully. If an overpayment is established as a result of a decision, there will be language in the decision itself that indicates it. Any decision received at any level of the process may include an overpayment and is appealable.
An overpayment becomes final 30 days after it is mailed, unless an appeal or waiver request is on file. To make a repayment by phone using a Debit or Credit card, you may call our overpayment unit at 207-621-5154. If you need to leave a message, it may take 2-3 business days for staff to get back to you. You may also send a check to Maine Department of Labor, Bureau of Unemployment, 47F State House Station, Augusta ME 04333-0047.
If you are unable to repay the full amount of the overpayment, we will work with you to set up a payment plan. You may call 207-621-5154 to speak with a collections representative to set up a repayment arrangement. If you need to leave a message, it may take 2-3 business days for staff to get back to you.
If the overpayment is not due to fraud, you are entitled to request a waiver of the overpayment.
The only time that wages may be used to pay back an overpayment is in instances where the overpayment was due to the claimant committing fraud. If this is the case, you would be notified before wages are reduced (garnished) to repay the overpayment.
On non-fraud overpayments, interest does not start accruing until one year from when the overpayment is established (30 days after the final decision is issued with no further appeal made). After that time, interest will accrue at 1% a month.
On fraud overpayments, interest starts accruing at 1% per month the first full month after the decision is rendered and becomes final under the law (30 days after the final decision is issued with no further appeal made).