Third stimulus bill unemployment benefits

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A third stimulus bill, called the American Rescue Plan, was officially signed into law on March 11, 2021. While it includes less money for weekly additional unemployment benefits, there is a bigger tax benefit for recipients. Here’s everything you need to know about the latest changes to unemployment benefits. If you need help with navigating unemployment, visit the Jobcase Unemployment Resource Center.

$300 per week through September 6, 2021

The $1.9 trillion plan continues federally enhanced unemployment at $300 per week until September 6, 2021. This differs from the original proposal of a $400 weekly UI boost that extended aid until the end of September. While the signed bill is lower than the House’s proposal, it does include a new tax break.

Unemployment extends from 24 to 53 weeks

PEUC has been extended until the week ending September 4, 2021, increasing the maximum span of benefits from 24 to 53 weeks. PEUC provides additional unemployment benefits to individuals who have previously exhausted state or federal unemployment compensation benefits.

PUA has been extended from 50 to 79 weeks

The PUA program, implemented for those who don’t typically qualify for regular unemployment like gig workers, freelancers, and independent contractors, has been extended another 25 weeks. It begins the benefit week ending March 20, 2021, and extends until September 5, 2021, this extends the maximum duration of PUA benefits from 50 weeks to 79 weeks.

$10,200 tax break for 2020

By law, payments received by unemployment are taxable and must be claimed on your federal income tax return. However, with the new stimulus bill, up to $10,200 in last year’s unemployment benefits could be exempt from taxes if your adjusted gross income (AGI) is less than $150,000 according to the IRS.

For example, if an individual earned less than $150,000 in 2020, and received $25,000 of UI benefits, they will only be taxed on $14,800.

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Patty Storey
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I got a message from a 860 number plus it went to 5 other people about sending my ss driver license over for pua. I did not do it. I think its a scam

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Sonia Peña
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I am in Dominican Republic

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Michelle Arter
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I have been filing since December 2020 and have not yet received anything.

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Ricky Briscoe
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I been waiting for unemployment for months and now I'm homeless and no vehicle I filed july 17 2019

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Tammy Como
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That's great, but I've was approved for unemployment back on February 14th & I've been sending in my weekly updates but I've not received the first check yet & you can't get anyone on the phone to find out any kind of information. I even sent an email and still haven't heard from anyone. I guess only those who already getting unemployment are the lucky ones. I'm frustrated over this. How do I get in contact with a live person to find out how or when I will get my first check.

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RACHAEL DUPREE
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I called my state representative today . They just stopped my payments but says keep filing . Huh 🤔

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I am in dire straits, I need the PUA benefits to live on, I have been waiting for a month now, I don’t know how else to get through to them that I am who I said I am Donald Reeder sign please help

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Steven Dewitt
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This stimulus isnt for everyone. If you were receiving unemployment and exhausted your weeks or were fired from a job. You will not received any stimulus. But if you are an illegal immigrant you will receive a stimulus package long before an American citizen. Even if you show proof that you had a job lined up, but didnt get to go to your new job because the state you live in was shut down. You still will not receive any assistance from unemployment

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Tiffany Lak
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Im from seattle Wa i just got my rent paid for 3 months and PSE theres alot of funding and grants

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Kelley Harrell
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I received the first stimulus check but not the second. If I am receiving PEUC will I be excluded from the stimulus checks?

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