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US Independent Contractor Unemployment Insurance

karens
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KAREN S Member Since: Jun 7, 2019
21 of 30
Thanks.

researchediting
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Douglas Michael M Member Since: May 22, 2015
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KAREN S wrote:
The President gave an extension, so taxes are not due until mid June.

And...? Somehow that makes it easier to patch something together that you're not sure will work, vs. putting the effort into something that has been announced will work?

karens
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KAREN S Member Since: Jun 7, 2019
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My husband is in the Media.  We require very specific tax serviceswhich require in person meeting.  We are not choosing to do that at this time.Now, If the Certificate of Employment with my 2018 C will not work,then I suspect we will reconsider, or go a different route.
I have no State UI parameters for self certification at this time, as my state is awaiting guidancefrom the USDOL before proceeding.

researchediting
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Douglas Michael M Member Since: May 22, 2015
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KAREN S wrote:
My husband is in the Media.  We require very specific tax serviceswhich require in person meeting.  We are not choosing to do that at this time.Now, If the Certificate of Employment with my 2018 C will not work,then I suspect we will reconsider, or go a different route.
I have no State UI parameters for self certification at this time, as my state is awaiting guidancefrom the USDOL before proceeding.

Sorry, Karen, it was impertinent of me to ask about how you conduct your business. The most common recommendations for verifying Upwork income for a tax year are the Earnings by Client report (simpler) or the Transaction History (includes non-commission expenses like connects). Not sure if you mean Certificate of Employment or Certificate of Earnings. The latter has been repeatedly reported as not helpful in this context.

karens
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KAREN S Member Since: Jun 7, 2019
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Thank you.
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Douglas Michael M Member Since: May 22, 2015
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The bill only became law today. The provision for unemployment benefits that might apply to us is called "Pandemic Unemployment Assistance." It's a new federal program that might be administered by the states. Note, though:

"Pandemic Unemployment Assistance...extends benefits to gig workers, contractors and others who wouldn't otherwise qualify for unemployment compensation but cannot work due to the coronavirus emergency." (emphasis added)

 

Not all gig and contract workers work online. This relief may not be designed for us or include us.

source: NBC News 

feed_my_eyes
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Christine A Member Since: May 4, 2016
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Douglas Michael M wrote:

The bill only became law today. The provision for unemployment benefits that might apply to us is called "Pandemic Unemployment Assistance." It's a new federal program that might be administered by the states. Note, though:

"Pandemic Unemployment Assistance...extends benefits to gig workers, contractors and others who wouldn't otherwise qualify for unemployment compensation but cannot work due to the coronavirus emergency." (emphasis added)

 

Not all gig and contract workers work online. This relief may not be designed for us or include us.

source: NBC News 


I hadn't thought of that! I assumed that freelancers would fall under the category "can't work due to the coronavirus emergency", if only because there isn't enough work available? But you may be right.

 

 

chalmers-erin
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Erin C Member Since: Mar 27, 2020
28 of 30

Colorado is asking we give them time as they have not received direction from the feds yet and cannot update their systems until they have them. I would check your state unemployment website am, noon and pm. Good luck and stay healthy.

prestonhunter
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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
29 of 30

Upwork is not in charge of unemployment insurance.

 

I would strongly urge any freelancers interested in this topic to talk to their government officials.

 

Is it possible that Upwork may post announcement or help pages about the topic? Yes. That is possible.

 

But no Upwork users should be trying to contact Upwork customer support about this.

karens
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KAREN S Member Since: Jun 7, 2019
30 of 30
I am quite aware that Upwork is NOT in charge of providing Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, however, each state may,or may not, require certain verifications of IC work, which if required, Upwork will be delighted to provide this paper work if
warranted.  That was why I originally reached out to Support.


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