The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions (NMDWS) uses many tools to recover overpaid Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. A new tool, the Treasury Offset Program (TOP), is available to permit NMDWS to intercept federal income tax refunds and apply them to overpayment debts.

  • Unemployment Insurance overpayments subject to the TOP are those due to fraud or the failure to report earnings.
  • A “pre-certification” letter, will be mailed October 1, 2013 to the last known address of the individuals explaining that their debt will be forwarded to TOP if not satisfied within 60 days.
  • Claimants can pay the debt in full, or present evidence that part or all of the debt is not subject to the offset. Evidence must be received by NMDWS within 60 days from the date of the “pre-certification” letter. If full payment is not received, or evidence is not received by the 60-day deadline, NMDWS will refer the debt to the Treasury.

If you have any questions about TOP or the letter you receive call the UI Operations Center, 1-877-664-6984, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.