Re: Unemployment compensation and self-employment (was Re: Laid Off)

Subject: Re: Unemployment compensation and self-employment (was Re: Laid Off)
From: Gene Kim-Eng <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2012 09:47:00 -0800

I think this is largely the same everywhere. As long as you can show that the self-employment was an aside to your full-time regular job BEFORE you lost the regular job and not something you've done in response to the job loss, you should be ok as far as qualifying for benefits. Some states may require you to report the income and deduct it from your benefits.

As far as states "investigating," I doubt that any state has the resources to randomly investigate anyone, especially after all the public sector cutting that's been going on the past few years. What happens is that someone reports suspected fraud, a discrepancy is found automatically between UE vs state witholding rolls or (and I think this is the most common), you get one of those random audit questionnaires and answer one or more of the questions in a way that triggers an inquiry.

Gene Kim-Eng


On 11/13/2012 8:26 AM, Mike Starr wrote:

I'm in Wisconsin and the rules are somewhat different here. My primary occupation is as a full-time W-2 contract technical writer. However, I also have a freelance sole proprietorship business doing technical writing and other stuff for my own clients. I've had this side business for many years. Thus, I'm also self-employed. I do this whether I'm on a contract engagement or not. In Wisconsin, you're asked if you're self-employed as part of the registration process for unemployment compensation. The correct answer in my situation is "Yes". What happens next is that a state unemployment bureau agent is tasked with interviewing you to determine if your self-employment interferes with your eligibility for full-time employment. As long as you're available for full-time employment, self-employment has no impact on your eligibility for unemployment compensation and the amount of income you derive from self-employment does not have to be reported. The only thing you have to do is continue to answer "Yes" to the "Are you self-employed?" question on the weekly claim form.
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