HUNDREDS of thousands of Californians could be forced to pay back unemployment benefits.
About 2.9 million people in the state have received benefits since Covid The pandemic started in March 2020.
Of California The Employment Development Department (EDD) mailed notices in early November to approximately 900,000 people who have claimed Federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits.
Notice was sent to the requester via both email and regular mail.
This accounts for about 30% of those who have filed complaints, according to Center Square.
The notices explain that claimants must provide documentation showing they were employed or planned to work in the year leading up to their original claim.
This is a federal requirement.
Failure to submit appropriate documentation may result in a return of benefits.
PUA benefits were offered at the start of the pandemic to people who were not eligible for traditional unemployment.
The following people are eligible for PUA, according to the California Bureau of Employment Development website:
- Business owner, shop owner
- Freelance Labor
- Independent contractor
- People with limited work history
- People who have used all of their regular UI benefits as well as any extended benefits
- People who are serving the penalty of making a false weekly claim on their regular unemployment insurance claim
How do I submit documents?
According to the Employment Development Department’s website, claimants have 21 days from the time they receive the notice to submit the required documents.
The website lists the following as accepted documents:
- Federal tax return (IRS Form 1040, Schedule C or F).
- State tax return (CA Form 540).
- Pay stub.
- Payroll history.
- Bank receipt.
- Business profile.
- Invoices and relevant documents.
- Any other documents to prove your 2019 income.
If you’re not self-employed and have a regular job, you’ll need to present your gross income, that is, the total amount paid before taxes and payroll deductions, as a W-2.
You can also use pay stubs to show this amount.
Self-employed people must provide documents showing net income, that is, the amount payable after taxes and payroll deductions.
If you are self-employed and make an error on your PUA application, you must submit appropriate documentation explaining the error in the form of IRS 1040 or the relevant Schedule C.
Your documents can be mailed or online using Unemployment insurance online account.
If you would like to have your documents mailed, send them to:
Employment Development Department
PUA Income Verification 2019
Post office box 989726
West Sacramento, CA 95798-9726
If you do not submit the requested documentation within the allotted time frame, you may receive additional notice from the EDD.
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