- Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development
Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Announces Launch of New Federal Mixed-Earned Unemployment Program
Charles Pearce, Director of Communications, Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development
Boston, MA — The Baker-Polito Administration today announced the implementation of the federal Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation (MEUC) program in Massachusetts. The MEUC program was created as part of the federal Continued Assistance Act to assist workers who qualified for traditional unemployment, but also had income from self-employment or gig work that is not included in the calculation of their regular unemployment benefits. MEUC applies only to traditional unemployment claimants. Claimants who receive Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) are ineligible for MEUC.
MEUC provides an additional $100 weekly benefit to eligible claimants. Payments will not begin until DUA reviews the applicant’s supporting documentation, and will be retroactive. Applicants who are determined eligible for the MEUC program and are paid at least $1 of their underlying unemployment benefit amount for any week of unemployment, will also receive a $100 supplemental MEUC payment. This is provided in addition to the $300 Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) payment.
MEUC Eligibility Requirements
To qualify, eligible claimants must:
- Be receiving an unemployment benefit from traditional unemployment, including Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PEUC) and Extended Benefits (EB). Claimants who are receiving benefits from Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) are not eligible for MEUC.
- Be receiving an unemployment benefit for claims week(s) covered by the MEUC program, which are the weeks ending January 2, 2021 through September 4, 2021.
- Have earned at least $5,000 in net self-employment income in the most recent taxable year prior to your application for regular unemployment compensation.
- Apply and submit documentation which clearly shows $5,000 net income.
MEUC Acceptable Documentation
- Documentation must be for the applicable tax year and show at least $5,000 in net income from self-employment. Gross income is not acceptable.
- For traditional unemployment compensation claimants, the applicable tax year is the year before the effective date of your current claim.
- For Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) or Extended Benefits (EB) claimants, the applicable tax year is the year before the effective date of your original unemployment claim (when you first filed for unemployment, not the date of any extensions).
- If the effective date of your current claim is any time from January 5, 2020 through December 27, 2020 – you should submit documents for tax year 2019.
- If the effective date of your current claim is any time from January 3, 2021 through March 7, 2021 – you should submit documents for tax year 2020.
Eligible claimants must submit your tax return and the corresponding 1099s or K-1 forms for the correct tax year. Other forms of acceptable documentation of self-employment income include, but are not limited to:
- Bank receipts that prove business income
- Business records including ledgers, invoices, and other billing notice/statements
- Any K-1s relating to partnership income
- Self-employment paycheck stubs
- Tax returns
To apply for the MEUC program, please visit https://ui-cares-act.mass.gov/PUA/.