I hope you and your family are doing well.
I hosted a conference call last week with our bank, a Big 8 accounting firm, a national financial advisement firm, some of my competitors and some small business owner friends to pose important questions about this issue. It is very a fluid situation. It was amazing how much participation we got on the conference call. We filed our paperwork yesterday.
I wish the AAPL would host such a call for it's members.
Give me a call at your convenience to go over your questions.
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AUSTIN –The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) encourages those who have not yet applied for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) as a result of COVID-19 to apply now. Individuals affected by COVID-19 can apply for PUA benefits online through Unemployment Benefit Services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or by calling a TWC Tele-Center any day between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. at 800-939-6631.When applying, individuals affected by the pandemic should indicate that as the reason they lost their job.
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance provides up to 39 weeks of unemployment benefits for persons impacted by COVID-19 and covers individuals who are self-employed, who otherwise would not qualify for regular unemployment compensation, or who have exhausted state benefits.
Additionally, TWC has begun rolling out the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), adding an additional $600 per week for claimants. Individuals receiving Unemployment Insurance (UI) or federal extended benefits qualify for the additional $600.
If you have already applied for traditional UI benefits, you do not need to take any further action to quality for PUA. Do not apply for benefits again. TWC will review eligibility for PUA for all existing applicants automatically and notify claimants by mail or electronic correspondence of their eligibility.
If you are an independent contractor, self-employed or a 1099 worker, you have until December 26, 2020 to provide your 2019 Internal Revenue Service Form 1040 and Schedule C, F, or SE.
Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act dated March 27, 2020, individuals who are self-employed, seeking part-time employment, or who otherwise would not qualify for regular Unemployment Compensation (UC) or Extended Benefits (EB) under state or federal law or Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) under section 2107 may be eligible for assistance under PUA. Coverage may also include individuals who have exhausted their benefits under regular UC or EB claims under state or federal law, or PEUC
I see many AAPL members in Texas are having difficulties with the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) right now. While we all see the TWC is trying to get up to speed with increased staff and computer system upgrades, these past few weeks have been challenging to say the least. For those denied benefits, the TWC is the agency mandated to process appeals of decisions. If you have not already accessed the TWC appeals process website with instructions on how to file an online appeal, please see the following link:
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UPDATE FROM THE TEXAS WORKFORCE COMMISSION -- Yesterday, WFAA-ABC (DFW) Senior Business/Consumer Reporter Jason Wheeler interviewed Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Executive Director Ed Serna to get answers on the many difficulties Texans have had with their unemployment benefits claims. Many of the same issues noted in the AAPL member discussion forums were also addressed with Serna.Among many topics, Wheeler's report and interview answer important questions, including how independent contractor filings work, claimants who previously received TWC benefits but now have trouble accessing their accounts, and how the extra $600/week federal payments are distributed.To access Wheeler's report and the 31-minute interview with TWC Executive Director Serna, click below:https://www.wfaa.com/article/money/business/right-on-the-money/texas-workforce-commission-executive-director-answers-questions-concerning-benefits-process/287-3094c2b2-7b3e-47fa-85bd-ebb4693c7068