Frequently asked questions from County of Wicomico

When can I first file for Unemployment Insurance benefits in Maryland?

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Eligibility for unemployment insurance benefits cannot be determined until you actually file an initial claim. If you are unemployed or working part-time, file your claim as soon as possible, as your eligibility begins the week in which you file your claim. Your claim becomes effective the Sunday of the week during which you apply for benefits.

What information do I need to have before filing an unemployment insurance claim online in Maryland?

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You will need to have the following information to file for Unemployment Insurance Claim in Maryland Online:

  • your name, Social Security number, address and telephone number;
  • if you are claiming dependents, you will need their names, birth dates and Social Security numbers; and
  • the name, complete payroll address, telephone number and reason for separation for each employer you worked for in the 18 months prior to filing your claim.
  • if you are not a citizen, proof of your alien status
  • if you were in the military within the last 18 months, your DD214, Member 4.
  • if you worked for the Federal Government, your Form-50 or SF-8 if available

Are unemployment insurance payments taxable in Maryland?

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Yes. Any unemployment insurance benefits that you receive must be reported as part of your gross income for both state and federal tax purposes.

To assist you in filing your tax returns, the Maryland State Department of Labor will send you an IRS Form 1099-G showing the total amount of unemployment insurance benefits paid to you during the previous year. You may elect to have taxes deducted from unemployment insurance payments.

You can choose to have either Federal taxes, Maryland state taxes, both or neither deducted from your payment. You must sign and return the W-4 form to us before any taxes can be withheld from your unemployment insurance benefits.

Where can I find more information about all the cases in the US?

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You can find a detailed map with the spread of the cases here:

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

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The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don't feel unwell.

Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who get COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness.

People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.

What should I do if I am sick?

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If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.

You can read more about what the CDC recommends here:

Where can I find the official records of Coronavirus cases in the State of Maryland?

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You can find the list of all cases reported in Maryland along with the counties affected here

Who is eligible to register to vote in Maryland?

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To register to vote, you must be:

  • A U.S. citizen;
  • A Maryland resident; and
  • At least 16 years old*.

You cannot have been:

  • Convicted of buying or selling votes;
  • Under guardianship for mental disability and found by a court to be unable to communicate a desire to vote; or
  • Convicted of a felony and currently serving a court-ordered sentence of imprisonment. (Effective March 10, 2016)

*You may register to vote if you are at least 16 years old but cannot vote unless you will be at least 18 years old by the next general election.