Michigan Unemployed Freelance and Gig Workers Can Get $100/week With MEUC Claim

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The gig economy is finally being recognized as a powerful economic factor during the Covid-19 pandemic. Michigan’s Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation, MEUC, provides an additional $100 per week in supplemental benefits for those who made at least $5,000 in the past year. Michigan applicants filing for a MEUC claim need to prove they were engaged in Self-Employment.“Self-employment income” means the net earnings from self-employment obtained during a taxable year. If you filed for unemployment in 2020, you must provide self-employment income documentation from your most recent taxable year, which would be “2019”. The benefit is payable retroactively from the week ending January 2 through March 13.

Type of Self Employment

Freelancer – Social Media Specialist, Makeup-artists, Developer, Event-coordinator, Photographers, graphic designers, writers, artists and other creative activity work may be considered freelance work.

Independent Contractor – Work that is defined and may be of limited duration. The entity offering the contract doesn’t have to withhold taxes or social security. You provide them with your taxpayer ID number (SSN, EIN, etc.).

Temporary Worker – Working on your own time and schedule or for a short duration such as a special event.

Seasonal Staff – These include areas such as tax preparer, seasonal sports, and even summer work such as mowing lawns.

Independent Business Owner – This category includes Avon, Mary Kay, AdvoCare and Essential oils. It and also include being a Lyft or Uber driver.

Proof of Self-Employment

Michigan’s Unemployment Agency stated that eligible participants were mailed notice or informed via the Michigan Web Account Manager (MiWAM) account. To file for the MEUC program, claimants must apply online must submit proof of self-employment income.

If you dont have a tax return, other forms of acceptable documentation of self-employment income can be offered, such as:

  • 1099
  • Paycheck stubs,
  • Bank receipts,
  • Business records,
  • Self-employment ledger
  • Form 1040 SE with Schedule C, F, or SE
  • Form 1065 Schedule K1 with Schedule E
  • Bookkeeping records, including receipts for all allowable expense
  • Contracts,
  • Invoices
  • Billing statements

It’s important to note that the MEUC is taxable income and payments will be included for purposes of determining income for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Therefore, MEUC payments may affect an individual’s eligibility for these programs.

More Information and How to Make Your Michigan MEUC Claim

For more information and details on the Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation web page. To file a claim, create an account or log in to Michigan’s Web Account Manager, MiWAM.
Under Alerts, click on “File a MEUC claim” link follow the instructions to submit your application.

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