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I was laid off from my job after many years and was given a 6 months severance package. Based on your earlier response to a similar question, I will need to "declare the severance on my unemployment forms as amounts received." I have not found, yet, any reference in the documents and forms I received, or on the TWC website, that refers to declaring the severance on my unemployment forms. Which UNEMPLOYMENT FORMS are you referring to?

Thank you in advance for your response.

Generally you fill out online a form each week to collect unemployment. This amount would be declared as amounts received. You might want to also check with the Texas Department of Labor as I am not in Texas and I do not think so but it is possible that Texas has different laws. You can call them just to make sure. In my state Severence is considered amounts received from the employer.


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Shirley McAllister, CPP, PHR


I can answer questions about payroll laws and payroll tax laws and Human Resource laws and agencies. I can answer federal payroll and human resource law questions and most states; I do not have a knowledge of the local taxes for cities and counties within the state. If and when I can I will try and send you the website where you can reference the answer and where you can obtain more information as well as a contact number if needed for that particular agency. Some agencies I have worked with are IRS, Department of Labor (federal and state), Revenue Canada (and provincial governments), Inland Revenue, OSHA (0ccupational Safety and Health Administration); Social Security Administration and National Child Support as well as other agencies in Payroll and Human Resources. Some Laws I am particularly familiar with are FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act), ADA (Americans With Disabilities Act), FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act) COBRA (Consolidated Omnibus Reconciliation Act ) , QDRO's, QMCSO's, and other support orders and garnishments, USERRA (Uniformed Services Employment and Remployment Rights Act,PPA Act (Pension Protection Act of 2006, As well as most other employment type acts. I am also well versed in the Title V Civil Rights Act and the HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act).


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