Unemployment claims could be filed over the phone and gather information on how to file the claim. After this, you can visit the state unemployment office to find out the best way to open a claim for unemployment. Requirements needed include your social security number, mailing address with zip code, phone number, alien registration card if not a US citizen, name and address of your last employer and dates of employment for the last two years.

Some people might ask if they can claim unemployment if they quit their job. In general, leaving your job does not make you qualify for the benefit. Nevertheless, if it is for a good cause, there might be a chance that you can collect. Good cause will be determined by the unemployment office and you have to make a case why you are eligible for the benefits.

The criteria for eligibility differ from country to country and even among states or local government laws. However, the main thing is that you must be able and willing to work and not turn down any possible position. The benefit payments have a maximum period of pays. In the US, it is twenty-six weeks in most states and a maximum amount to be paid. These benefits are taxable in many countries and you can request the amount deducted directly from your benefits for tax purposes.

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