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FEDERAL PANDEMIC UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION (FPUC)

This provision is contained in Section 2104 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) enacted on March 27, 2020.

The FPUC provides a federal supplement of an additional $600 per week benefit to individuals who are “eligible to receive at least one dollar ($1) of underlying unemployment in the claimed week

The FPUC benefit of $600 is in addition to the normal state benefit

The FPUC benefit is payable even if “100% of your weekly benefit amount is attached or garnished to pay debts.

Only Child Support obligations are deductible from FPUC

The FPUC benefit is taxable. The State must withhold taxes from the weekly benefit amount and from the $600 FPUC, when an individual elects to have taxes withheld.

Quitting work without good cause to obtain additional benefits under the regular UI program or the CARES Act qualifies as fraud. Sections 2104(f) and 2107(e)

The payments and the costs to administer the program are fully federally funded

Payable from March 28, 2020 (or date of eligibility whichever is later) through July 31st, 2020. The CARES Act specifies that FPUC benefit payments will end after payments for the last week of unemployment before July 31, 2020.

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Freid, Gallagher, Taylor & Associates wants to reassure our clients that they remain our highest priority during this pandemic.  We are alert to the developing picture regarding this health crisis and have taken steps to make certain the health and safety of our clients and of our employees and their families come first as we continue to work for you.  Please know that, although we are working remotely, we are working every day to move forward for you.  Our office is equipped with technology that allows us to effectively and safely handle matters for our clients, while preserving privacy and securing data.  Our phones and email are staffed and we continue to aggressively push forward on behalf of our clients.  For new clients, please know that we are continuing to do consultations, free of charge, by telephone or videoconference.

We know that this is a particularly difficult time for our clients and we are thinking of you. Please stay safe and be well.

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