The federal Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation (MEUC) program was established by the Continuing Assistance Act and provided for an additional $100 weekly benefit to claimants receiving either regular state unemployment benefits or Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) during the benefit weeks beginning December 27, 2020 and ending September 4, 2021 who had also suffered a loss of self-employment income.
The MEUC program has now ended and applications for MEUC benefits are no longer being accepted.
Most claimants are not eligible to receive MEUC benefits.
To receive MEUC benefits, claimants must:
- Have received at least $1 in regular state unemployment benefits or PEUC benefits in a given benefit week during the period during which MEUC benefits are payable
- Submit documentation of at least $5,000 in net self-employment earnings for the prior tax year
MEUC back payments were issued beginning in September 2021 to eligible claimants who have submitted the required documentation. While most MEUC payments have been issued, some payments may still be outstanding pending determination of eligibility or appeals.
Federal rules require claimants to submit documentation of at least $5,000 in net self-employment earnings for the prior tax year in order to qualify for MEUC benefits. In other words, you must submit documentation proving that you earned at least $5,000 in net income (income after any expenses and write-offs) during the tax year prior to the one in which you filed your qualifying unemployment claim. The best documentation to submit is IRS Form 1040 with Schedule 1, Schedule C, Schedule E, or Schedule SE.