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pandemic unemployment assistance for self employed

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    My husband is a self employed individual with no employees. We live in Louisiana. He filed for unemployment about a week or 2 ago, and has received his first check last week along with the FUPA. I remember filling out the application and it was very confusing to say the least. The app is not set up for self employed independent contractors. It’s for regular workers.i didn’t know what to put for his employment history. I filled it out the best as I could and didn’t think it was correctly done. But we started getting checks last week. My question is how did they figure out the weekly benefit amount? I didn’t put any info about that because there were no instructions on how to figure that out. He receives 1099s from companies that contract him for his services.
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    Did you include the 1099's and or the amount on them with the unemployment application?

    Also, one thing I did find on your state's site:

    If you are not eligible for a Regular Unemployment claim, we WILL make a determination for the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. All you have to do is continue to file for your weekly benefits currently. We will ask additional questions once the program is fully implemented. This is expected the week of April 13, 2020.

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    No I didn’t include 1099s. They didn’t ask for it.
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    He’s getting $107 from state and $600 federal. Also he gets paid by the job not by the hour.
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    Also how will retroactive benefits work. Do we need to apply for that or call?
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    Also how do you report self employment income? I read somewhere that you didn’t have to report self employment income.
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    I can help with maybe a few of those questions. To add to the exert JFoster shared, here's the full context of what he shared; its the #11 question on your states COVID-19 unemployment FAQ page:

    I'm self-employed. Can I receive unemployment benefits?

    Not regular (state) unemployment benefits. However, you may be eligible under the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA).

    When you file your claim application, a determination of monetary eligibility (did you earn enough wages during a specified period of time) will be issued for a Regular (State) Unemployment claim. If you are not eligible for a Regular Unemployment claim, we WILL make a determination for the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. All you have to do is continue to file for your weekly benefits currently. We will ask additional questions once the program is fully implemented. This is expected the week of April 13, 2020.

    The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance will pay a minimum of $107 and a maximum of $247 depending on wage verifications.

    The following are conditions that will be considered for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance if you are not eligible for a Regular Unemployment Insurance claim.

    This emergency benefit provides up to 39 weeks of unemployment insurance benefits to qualifying individuals who are otherwise able to work and available for work within the meaning of applicable state UC law, except that they are unemployed, partially unemployed, or unable or unavailable to work due to one of the COVID-19 related reasons. These includes those people not otherwise eligible for regular unemployment, including the self-employed and those who have exhausted their regular and extended benefits.

    So it says there that the minimum is $107/wk from the state. You must have put some income earnings on the application right? It does say 'depending on wage verifications'. I suppose its possible if you didn't put any earnings, they just approved you and gave you the lowest amount.

    This is a brand new system and fairly temporary at that, so there's not a lot of info out there unfortunately on how exactly to use it per state. Doesn't mean it doesn't exist online somewhere, just might be hard to find.

    Missy Wrote: Also how will retroactive benefits work. Do we need to apply for that or call?

    For retroactive payments, my understanding is you have claim every week you want benefits from, so depending on what weeks you claimed originally, perhaps you have to go back and claim weeks prior to the ones you already did. I would look to claim for all weeks since he was displaced due to coronavirus. States can do retroactive backpay for benefits as far back as January 27th.

    Missy Wrote: Also how do you report self employment income? I read somewhere that you didn’t have to report self employment income.

    From everything I have seen, you have to report all income earned for any given week. Again to my understanding, when you file your weekly claims, you report your earnings for that period at time. I say 'to my understanding' because that's how normal unemployment works, and I assume its the same for LA's PUA system. Wouldn't make logical sense that you would get a pass on this, but I suppose its at least possible.

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    I have recently applied for unemployment in Maryland. I have been self employed for 14 yrs. On the portal, it is showing I am eligible for $176 per week in benefits (plus the $600/wk). The $176 per week is the lowest amount. According to the unemployment calculator, I should qualify for the max of $430 per week. Are some states going with the minimum until they catch up? I did upload 1099s that verify income. By the way, Maryland's new website is a disaster. Thanks!!!

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    I live in Florida, I am a Realtor (Independent Contractor) and applied back in early April for Unemployment via the state's UI which is the process in our state. After about a few weeks, I was deemed ineligible (expected because I don't qualify for Florida's unemployment as a contract employee, however, this is were the drama begins...

    After I was deemed ineligible, first odd thing is my claimant number was changed, and when I log in to "apply for PUA" I can only make it about 5 pages in were is makes me put in my type of employment, am I licensed, ect... then it dumps me to an error page... I got an email Monday telling me to log in an read my notes, ect... did that ... nothing there? I've tried now for over 2 weeks strait to reach a live person at my state's offices, I've emailed the Governor's office with screen shots hoping it would help them with the glitches, I've sent messages on Twitter, FB, emails ect.... NOTHING! I need help and can not get ahold of anybody at Unemployment AT ALL that can help me figure out if it is an error on my end, if the system is glitched, if I need to even apply for the Federal aid (some folks at local offices suspect it will be an automatic forwarding since I was deemed ineligible and now two weeks later, I'm thinking not? Has anybody else ran into this issue in FLORIDA too? Any suggestions? Should I reapply from jump? Try submitting PUA without accurate information and correcting it on the back end? I seriously need help and I am lost on what else to do. I can't even get the stimulus money because IRS is closed and I need my PIN number to access my transcripts..... this is such a nightmare for our family and I'm sure many others..... Just trying to do things right and need HELP!

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    ive been tryen to file for my pandemic ui but it keeps sayen i have a existing claim and i dont that i know of what should i do i cant get ahold of a live person at the IRS to chech what should i do