There is a new question regarding Covid-19. "How did the COVID-19 pandemic cause your unemployment?"
PA says this question has an error... they missed giving you the option of working less due to Covid-19? PA says they are in the processing of fixing this. For now, choose any answer just to get past this question.
Choose one of these reasons that your unemployment relates to Covid-19:
Covid-19 illness in family or requested medical quarantine
If you have no work... "You were scheduled to commence employment and do not have a job or are unable to reach the job as a direct result of the COVID-19".
If you were closed... "Your place of employment is closed as a direct result of the COVID-19".
top right shows your starting week of unemployment benefits
1st paragraph gives you your weekly amount. But add $600 per week to this amount which will come separately every 2 weeks ($1,200). The extra $600 begins with the week ending April 4, 2020 and continues through the week ending July 25, 2020.
Important if you are still working... Top of page 2, after the PUA phone #... next line shows how much you can make and still receive partial benefits. "During a claim week that you are working and you earn more than XXX, but less than YYY, you may qualify for partial benefits."
If you want to keep your full benefits, you need to earn less then the XXX in your letter.
If you disagree with something on this letter or made a mistake when applying, call them to see how to correct information 855-284-8545.
Bottom of page 2 listing documents... in my opinion, this section means nothing and is only for anyone who did not upload tax return documents during the application process. certain corporate shareholders didn't need to upload documents. If they need documents, they will request again. My advice is to ignore this section.
Filing your PUA weekly certification
each week you need to file for unemployment... and tell them you had no work, some work, or full-time work.
log into your account (use your self-created login info from when you originally applied). You will end up in your "Dashboard" area.
look for Unemployment Services menu on right
select "File for Weekly Benefits" or "Weekly Claim Certification"
Your Eligibility - Availability... other than for pandemic reasons were you able to go to work? "yes"
Did you engage in any new self-employment activity or sideline business? "no" (this is if you started a brand new business while unemployed... like selling on ebay while waiting for your main business to recover).
Were you still unemployed as a direct result of this disaster/pandemic? "yes" (answer yes, as long as you were under-employed... not working up to your normal full-time level).
Are you currently looking for work... "yes"
Did you work (full or part-time) or earn wages during the week of xxx?
Answer "no", if your work resulted in a loss after expenses. S corporations can use home office rents, cell phone, internet and mileage as valid expense for the week to help reduce to zero.
Caution: the directions says to answer "yes" if you worked, but did not receive the payment yet.
In my opinion, the above indicates that you could answer "no" if you received money this week from work in a prior period. Did you EARN the money without regard to when you were paid.
So it would be ok to receive a $5k check from old December 2019 billings... and answer that you did not work this week.
Clarification and my opinion: Do not include admin work performed in reference to this question. Only include work that generated customer revenue
If you had some work, you need to answer "yes". Refer to your Monetary Determination Letter to see how much "earnings (profit after expenses)" you are allowed.
they want details... how much profit (after expenses) you earned each day.
What is the definition of "earnings"? Net profit after expenses even if those expenses have not been paid yet.
Sometimes they ask... Were you still working for your own company?
If you did not work for customers, answer "No". Reason: Layoff / lack of work.
If you had partial work, answer "Yes".
If you had some work earnings (after expenses) this week... "Your earnings - Employers" pops up with a list of employers.
If your company has employees, it probably will be on the list and you can select your company.
But otherwise, select "Other"
Complete or verify the "employer" info.
Permanent position? "yes"
Salary... type in your profit after expenses for the week
Salary type... not hour, not month, not year... choose "other"
Ignore the hourly wage that it calculates. It doesn't use that.
Regular earnings... type in your profit after expenses again.
ignore the word "gross" whenever you see it. they really mean net after expenses.
Additional employers with earnings... "No"
The first time in, you should log in ALL of your retroactive weeks. Don't do a couple of weeks and try to get back in later to finish... one client was kicked out as "inactive" and asked to start over with a new claim.