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Unemployment Assistance

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The ARP extends federal unemployment benefits until September, allowing Virginians who are out of work due to the pandemic pay bills while the economy continues to recover and jobs are not widely available. More than 250,000 Virginians would have been at risk of losing benefits in March and April without this extension. The bill provides $300 per week in federal supplemental unemployment benefits through September 6, 2021 and also exempts the first $10,200 in 2020 UI benefits from federal taxes for households with incomes less than $150,000, preventing surprise tax bills for out of work Virginians.

Who is eligible to receive payments?

In addition to standard UI eligibility, you may qualify for UI benefits via these laws if:

  • You are self-employed, including an independent contractor, freelancer, or a gig-economy worker;
  • You are a part-time worker;
  • Your work hours have been cut or reduced to zero, but you are still employed;
  • You have a limited work history that would typically disqualify you from UI