Updated: April 16, 2020
We undertand that there is a lot of information out there and it can be hard to navigate it all and understand what really applies to you. This resource center has curated information to help independent contractors and small businesses learn how to file for covid-19 relief and what to expect when filing.
The amount you receive will be based on your most recent tax return. That would be 2019 if you have filed it or 2018 if you have not. Note: You can find adjusted gross income under line 8b in your 1040 tax form.
2020 CARES ACT: Learn How to Apply
For once, this financial assistance covers independent contractors like DoorDash and Lyft drivers, which is a big deal. 🙌
Freelancers are now eligible to receive unemployment insurance as part of the new stimulus package. While specifics vary from state to state, in general, you can receive unemployment retroactively back to Jan. 27, 2020, not just from now on -- which could help a lot.
Select the state you are currently a resident in.
California: You may file or reopen an Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim if you are no longer working or your hours are reduced. Learn about the UI program, how to file or reopen a UI claim, and more. - Learn More
Florida: The Federal-State Unemployment Insurance Program provides unemployment benefits to eligible workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own (as determined under Florida law, and meet other eligibility requirements of Florida law. - Learn More
Georgia: Unemployment claims can be filed in person at any Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) career center or by Internet from any computer with appropriate Internet access. - Learn More
Illinois: Illinois JobLink is IDES' online database that helps connect job seekers to employers in Illinois and throughout the country. - Learn More
Massachusettes: You must request weekly benefits every week that you are unemployed. You will make your first weekly benefit request the week after you file your claim for unemployment benefits. - Learn More
New York: Use your NY.gov ID to sign in to your online account with the Department of Labor or create a new account. - Learn More
New Jersey: Learn about New Jersey Unemployment Insurance and see if you're eligible for benefits. - Learn More
Pennsylvania: Our UC Guide will help you decide if you should file and to help you through the process. - Learn More
Texas: New to Unemployment Benefit Services? If you already have a User ID for another TWC Internet application, such as WorkInTexas.com, try logging on with that ID. - Learn More
Virginia: Virginia Employment Commission Workforce Services/Unemployment Insurance claim filing website. - Learn More
Washington: If you haven't already, you must create and activate a SecureAccess Washington (SAW) account to use our online services. - Learn More
All Other States: Find your state and review the unemployment insurance criteria. - Learn More