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Repayment of Overpayment of Unemployment Benefits

If for some reason a decision is made that you were not entitled to either some or all of the benefits you received during your claim series, an overpayment will be established and you will be required to make repayment.

A waiver may be granted only if the overpayment was not due to fraud, was received through no fault of your own, and would be against equity and good conscience to recover the overpayment.

If you are unable to repay the overpayment in full, you may enter into a repayment agreement.

To establish a repayment plan you may contact the Benefit Audit unit at 615-741-2606. A written agreement will then be sent to you to sign and return.

Payments may be made by check or money order and mailed to:

P.O. Box 24150
Nashville, Tennessee 37202-4150
Always include your social security number

Tennessee law provides that if you have an overpayment of unemployment benefits, and have failed to repay the overpayment, the Department may recoup the amount overpaid by offsetting the amount against your future benefits or may at its discretion, take civil action in the form of a wage garnishment or bank levy to recover the overpayment.

A waiver may be granted only if

  • the overpayment was not due to fraud
  • was received through no fault of your own
  • and would be against equity and good conscience to recover the overpayment.

If you are unable to repay the overpayment in full, you may enter into a repayment agreement.

Tennessee law provides that if you have an overpayment of unemployment benefits, and have failed to repay the overpayment, the Department may recoup the amount overpaid by offsetting the amount against your future benefits or may at its discretion, take civil action in the form of a wage garnishment or bank levy to recover the overpayment. Wages awarded under a back pay award are considered wages under Tennessee Employment Security Law.