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Marylou Wrote: I am in Indiana and am self-employed. At the beginning of last year I was a 1099 for another business for the previous 5 years and opened my own in February of 2019. I am looking at Indiana's unemployment and do not see anything that applies to me. Do you have any information that might help?
Yes. They are working on implementing the changes for Indiana right now for self-employed workers. It's called Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. They suggest you fill out a regular unemployment application now even though you will be denied, as you need to be denied on file before you can qualify for this special unemployment. Sounds odd but here's the exert from their Q&A on that page:
Q1: What if I am self-employed or part of the “gig” economy?
A1: Self-employed individuals and gig economy workers—such as contractors and delivery drivers, whose income has been cut or eliminated by the pandemic—will be eligible under the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program. The Department of Workforce Development will work to roll out this new program as soon as possible. For now, an individual can file a regular claim for benefits, as it is necessary to file a state claim, even if you know you will be denied, before you can be considered eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. Instructions on how to add you as the employer to your claim can be found here.
Also I started a thread on Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, that explains the program in full detail, plus how you will get retroactive backpay once the program is ready to go. Most states are just now implementing this program as everyone was waiting on instructions from the federal govt. Instructions are in, so now its just a matter of your state setting up the system so you can apply. I would expect it to take several more days or maybe a week or two until its ready. In the meantime, go ahead and apply and then check their site everyday. That's what I would do.