Important Unemployment Information for Self-Employed Workers

New Guidelines On How to Get Government Assistance: Get Started Right Now

Illinois’s self-employed workers are still waiting on government benefits to reimburse them for lost income during the Covid-19 Pandemic. These benefits have been provided for by the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program under the CARES Act, but have been delayed by the need for the state to develop new systems to process applications from workers who file a 1099 tax form. This new application portal is expected to roll out on May, 11th, but according to new instructions by the Illinois Department of Unemployment Security, 1099 workers must first apply for regular unemployment before applying under the new PUA application.

Receiving an eligibility determination of $0 under the existing application is a mandatory first step for 1099 workers to eventually claim the promised benefits. This is what will allow them to resubmit their claim through the new PUA portal, meaning that self-employed individuals should file under the existing application immediately to be prepared to resubmit their applications once the new portal is available.

All applicants can begin this process right now at the PUA portal.