Covid-19Gig Work

September 14, 2020 by Southern Maine Workers Center

I am self-employed or a gig worker and have been receiving the minimum weekly benefit. How do I know if I am eligible for a higher benefit? How do I submit proof of income?

If your net income (for self-employed workers) or gross wages (for gig workers) in 2019 was below $15,224, you do not have to upload your income information and will continue receiving the minimum benefit of $172 per week. If your earnings were higher than that in 2019, you are eligible for retroactive benefits up to a maximum benefit of $445 (claims filed before June 1) or $462 (claims filed after June 1) per week. You may receive those benefits automatically if the Department of Labor is able to match your tax information with your claim. 

Beginning Aug 4, 2020, if your information was not automatically matched, you may submit your 2019 tax information to prove your earnings. Instructions for how to upload your tax documents can be found here.

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