Unemployment Assistance for the Self-Employed

The New Jersey and New York Departments of Labor recently posted instructions on their websites for independent contractors and the self-employed who are newly eligible for unemployment benefits under the CARES Act:

New Jersey
https://myunemployment.nj.gov/labor/myunemployment/independentcontractors.shtml

New York
https://www.labor.ny.gov/unemploymentassistance.shtm

If you typically file a “Schedule C” as part of your annual income tax filings and your business has been financially impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic, you should consider filing an unemployment claim as soon as possible.  Although both the NJ and NY DOLs are experiencing high traffic and delays, you will eventually be able to file a claim.  Furthermore, the claim will be effective from the date you had a reduction of income.

Both links above have step-by-step instructions of how you can file for unemployment.  The NJ DOL website also offers FAQs in a short 2 page format.

Please contact us with any additional questions you may have.

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