Revenue Announces Joint Public Call with Unemployment and the IRS

Together with the IRS and Delaware’s Department of Labor Unemployment Insurance Division, the Division of Revenue has announced a COVID–19 Relief Discussion this coming Friday, May 22, 2020, at 11:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST). This free 60-minute conference will be open to the public.

Delaware’s Director of Revenue Jennifer Hudson, and Director of Unemployment Insurance Division, Darryl Scott will join IRS Senior Stakeholder Liaison Yvette Brooks-Williams to discuss topics such as postponed Federal and Delaware State filing and payment deadlines, relief for citizens provided by the 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, Economic Impact Payments (stimulus checks), and electronic filing options that will help you avoid refund payment delays. The Department of Labor will also address issues around filing for unemployment benefits.

Live questions will not be possible, so please submit your questions via email to the addresses listed below. Remember, please DO NOT include any personally identifiable information such as full names, SSN or bank account information. Please include the subject line DE COVID-19 Call on all communications.

CE Credits will not be offered for this Teleconference. Details:

Date: Friday, May 22, 2020
Time: 11:30 a.m. EST
Call-in number: 312-777-1455 or 888-331-8226
Access Code: 3078345


Steps The Self-Employed Should Take To Register For (PUA) Benefits In Delaware.

If you are an independent contractor or a self-employed worker in Delaware and want to receive Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) as detailed in the CARES Act, please review and follow the steps detailed below.

 

Step 1: Apply for traditional UI benefits.
Get started by visiting the website ui.delawareworks.com

 

Step 2: Receive a denial letter or monetary determination of zero or insufficient wages.
(Proceed to step 3)

 

Step 3: You will receive a confirmation letter by mail.
Qualified applicants will receive a confirmation letter with their PUA Benefits website access instructions by mail.

 

Letters begin mailing the week of May 11, 2020.

 

Step 4: Access the PUA system to submit your claim for assistance.
 

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND DETAILS PLEASE VISIT
https://dol.delaware.gov/uifaqs/

Read the full May 4th press release about Pandemic Unemployed Assistance (PUA), the self-employed and independent contractors.

To view our most updated frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) regarding unemployment insurance, and to be notified when the application for benefits is available for self-employed individuals and independent contractors in Delaware, text uifacts to 555888.

Additional resources are available on our websites at dol.delaware.gov or ui.delawareworks.com. You can also call our offices at 302-761-8446. Call hold time is longer than usual. For a quicker response please email uiclaims@delaware.gov. Include your full name, including middle initial, contact information and claim number.

To process an initial claim for unemployment benefits please visit ui.delawareworks.com

Delawareans with questions about coronavirus [COVID-19] or their exposure risk can call the Division of Public Health’s Coronavirus Call Center at 1-866-408-1899 or 711 for people who are hearing impaired from 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, or email DPHCall@delaware.gov. For the latest on Delaware’s response, go to de.gov/coronavirus.


New System To Support Applications For Pandemic Unemployment Announced

Wilmington – Today, May 04, 2020, the Delaware Department of Labor is announcing the launch of a new unemployment insurance benefits system that will process claims for independent contractors, self-employed individuals, and others as detailed in the CARES Act. These individuals can file benefits claims for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance beginning the week of May 11, 2020.
 
Under federal guidelines, for workers to be eligible for PUA, they must first apply for benefits through the traditional unemployment system and be denied. Applicants will then receive a letter of denial for traditional unemployment benefits.
 
The denial letter will trigger a second letter explaining their potential eligibility for PUA and specific instructions on how to apply. The letter will explain information on the following:
  • How to access the new PUA Benefits website
  • Login details for logging into the website.
  • Documentation required when applying for PUA benefits.
 

PUA FAQ’s

What are the requirements for me to be eligible to get PUA benefits?
  • To be eligible for PUA benefits you must submit a self-certification as part of your PUA claim attesting that you meet one of the following COVID-19 reasons:
  • I have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or am experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and am seeking a medical diagnosis;
  • A member of my household has been diagnosed with COVID-19;
  • I am providing care for a family member or a member of my household who has been diagnosed with COVID-19;
  • A child or other person in my household for which I have primary caregiving responsibility is unable to attend school or another facility that is closed as a direct result of the COVID-19 public health emergency and the school or other facility care is required for me to work;
  • I am unable to reach my place of employment because of a quarantine imposed as a direct result of the COVID-19 public health emergency;
  • I am unable to reach my place of employment because I have been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine due to concerns related to COVID-19;
  • I was scheduled to commence employment and do not have a job or am unable to reach the job as a direct result of the COVID-19 public health emergency;
  • I have become the breadwinner or major support for a household because the head of my household has died as a direct result of
    COVID-19;
  • I had to quit my job as a direct result of COVID-19; or My place of employment is closed as a direct result of the COVID-19 public health emergency.
 
 

When Can I Apply?

The system will be online and ready to take applications as of the week of May 11, 2020.
 
 
What Should I Do Now? 
If you are covered under PUA and have not applied through our traditional unemployment system, please visit  http://ui.delawareworks.com to apply online.
 
Note: If you are eligible for benefits under PUA, have applied for unemployment benefits through the current system, and received a denial of benefits or received a determination letter showing “Zero” or insufficient wages, you have already completed the first step of this process and will receive a PUA application letter once your claim has been  transferred to the new system.
 
 
How much will my benefit be? 
Workers eligible for PUA benefits could receive anywhere from $733.00 to $1000.00 per week in total benefits. The minimum weekly benefit amount is $133 per week, it can be as high as $400 if documentation is provided to support a higher weekly benefit amount. Pay statements, W2s, 1099s, and tax returns are examples of documentation that can be submitted to support a higher weekly benefit amount. In addition to the weekly benefit amount, eligible individuals will receive an additional $600 per week in Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation.
 
Note: Eligible claimants will only receive the additional $600 benefit through the week ending July 25, 2020. Your approved unemployment insurance benefits may last, depending upon eligibility through the week ending December 26, 2020.
 
 
Will payments be retroactive?
Delaware’s system will allow applicants to apply for benefits back to the week of March 15th, 2020 when Governor Carney issued the first amendment to Delaware’s State of Emergency declaration. However, the added $600 benefit will only be retroactive to the week ending April 4, 2020.
 
 
What Are My Next Steps?
Submit your initial claim for Unemployment Benefits today using the current unemployment insurance benefits application system at www.ui.delawareworks.com. If you are covered under PUA and have not filed for traditional unemployment; You must first create an account and receive a claim number created in the existing system before submitting your application to receive PUA benefits. Again, if you have already completed this step, you will receive a letter with further instructions.  
 
 
Gather the Proper Documents.
The new PUA unemployment benefits application will require you to provide proof of identification. Please have ready the information below.
Applicants must provide (If applicable):
  • Social security number or ITIN
  • If you are not a citizen of the United States, your A Number (USCIS Number)
  • Your residential address
  • Your mailing address (if different from residential address)
  • Your telephone number
  • Your email address
  • Your date of birth
  • Your earnings records for 2019, which include (if applicable):
  • Tax returns
  • 1099 forms
  • Pay stubs
  • Bank statements
  • W2
  • If you want to use direct deposit for payment, your bank account and routing numbers. All others will receive payment via debit card.
  • If you operate as a business entity, a valid business license or proof of ownership.
 
To view our most updated frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) regarding unemployment insurance, click here.

If you would like to be notified when the application for benefits is available for self-employed individuals and independent contractors in Delaware, text uifacts to 555888.
 
 
 
 
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Additional resources are available on our websites at dol.delaware.gov or ui.delawareworks.com. You can also call our offices at 302-761-8446. Call hold time is longer than usual. For a quicker response please email uiclaims@delaware.gov. Include your full name, including middle initial, contact information and claim number.
 
To process an initial claim for unemployment benefits please visit ui.delawareworks.com
 
Delawareans with questions about coronavirus [COVID-19] or their exposure risk can call the Division of Public Health’s Coronavirus Call Center at 1-866-408-1899 or 711 for people who are hearing impaired from 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, or email DPHCall@delaware.gov. For the latest on Delaware’s response, go to de.gov/coronavirus.
 
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Contact:
Kenneth Briscoe
Director of Communications
Delaware Department of Labor
kenneth.briscoe@delaware.gov


Delaware Department of Labor Releases Guidelines on 13 Week Extension of Unemployment Benefits

WILMINGTON, Del. – FRIDAY APRIL 17, 2020 – The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Stability Act (CARES Act) created a new program called Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), which provides 13 weeks of extended unemployment benefits to eligible workers.

How and when can I apply for the 13 week extension of unemployment benefits?
If your benefits exhausted or expired between the dates of July 1, 2019 and Saturday, April 18, 2020, you will need to apply for the 13-week extension after 8:00 AM on Sunday April 19, 2020 by visiting ui.delawareworks.com and completing an application for benefits

If you are currently receiving unemployment insurance benefits and they will not exhaust or expire until after Sunday April 19, 2020, you do not have to take any action. When your current benefits have been exhausted, your additional 13-week extension will automatically begin.

What you need to know
Beginning March 29, 2020, for any week you are eligible to receive PEUC benefits, you will also be eligible for the $600 additional federal payment.

Under the CARES Act, you will continue to receive your same unemployment benefit amount during the 13 week extension. That amount will not be recalculated. You will also receive the $600 per week of additional federal compensation.

CARES ACT BACKGROUND
Congress recently passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). This law includes several programs to expand eligibility for unemployment benefits during this health emergency.
These changes include:

$600 per week additional compensation for people receiving unemployment benefits.

An extension of unemployment benefits for up to 13 weeks.

Provides eligibility for workers who typically do not qualify for traditional unemployment insurance, such as: independent contractors, self-employed individuals, employees of faith based non-profits, and others) View the guidelines here.

Delaware was one of the first states in the nation to begin implementation of the CARES Act. Disbursement of the $600 per week additional federal benefit to Delaware unemployment insurance recipients began during the week of April 5th; one week after passage of the law.

To view our most updated frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) regarding unemployment insurance, and to be notified when the application for benefits is available for self-employed individuals and independent contractors in Delaware, text uifacts to 555888.

Additional resources are available on our websites at dol.delaware.gov or ui.delawareworks.com. You can also call our offices at 302-761-8446.
Call hold time is longer than usual. For a quicker response please email uiclaims@delaware.gov. Include your full name, including middle initial, contact information and claim number.

To process an initial claim for unemployment benefits please visit ui.delawareworks.com

Delawareans with questions about coronavirus [COVID-19] or their exposure risk can call the Division of Public Health’s Coronavirus Call Center at 1-866-408-1899 or 711 for people who are hearing impaired from 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, or email DPHCall@delaware.gov . For the latest on Delaware’s response, go to de.gov/coronavirus.


DOL Releases Guidance for Independent Contractors and Self-employed Seeking Unemployment Through the CARES Act

[WILMINGTON, DE] THURSDAY APRIL 16, 2020 – The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act recently passed by the United States Congress and signed into law on March 27th provides unemployment assistance to independent contractors and those self-employed who have been affected by the Coronavirus.

Most state’s unemployment systems determine eligibility and process payments for workers whose wages are reported by their employers and verified through the Division of Unemployment Insurance (DUI). In order to begin processing claims for this new category of eligible individuals and prevent fraud, abuse and identity theft, the Federal US Department of Labor requires that states design new systems to pay benefits to independent contractors/self-employed and ensure the validity of their claims.

Delaware Department of Labor (DOL) is currently working with a vendor to design and test new technologies that will integrate with our existing benefits claims system. This technology will allow the Division of Unemployment Insurance (DUI) to verify earnings reported to the IRS and determine the eligibility of independent contractors and the self-employed to apply for benefits under the (CARES) Act.

We anticipate that these workers will be able to apply through this new system within 3-6 weeks. We will provide more details regarding implementation and how to apply on our website next week.

“The hardship that the coronavirus pandemic has placed on Delaware workers is unprecedented. These workers will receive the much-needed assistance provided to them under the CARES Act. We are working around the clock to make that happen; Hopefully, ahead of schedule” said Cerron Cade, Secretary of the Delaware Department of Labor.

Once the system is ready to receive applications from those who are self-employed or are independent contractors, DOL will require specific documentation available at the time you submit your application online. The documents you will need are as follows:

  • Driver license or State issued Identification
  • Your last year’s income tax statement or quarterly earnings statement
  • State of Delaware Business License number
  • Current bank account number and routing number

To date, DOL has processed and paid 70% of initial claims for benefits submitted to their offices since March 1st and is currently paying more than $30 million in benefits to affected workers each week. The agency has received more than 60,000 claims in 4 weeks; nearly double the total number of claims received in 2019.

To view our most updated frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) regarding unemployment insurance, and to be notified when the application for benefits is available for self-employed individuals and independent contractors in Delaware, text uifacts to 555888.

Additional resources are available on our websites at dol.delaware.gov or ui.delawareworks.com. You can also call our offices at 302-761-8446. Call hold time is longer than usual. For a quicker response please email uiclaims@delaware.gov. Include your full name, including middle initial, contact information and claim number.

To process an initial claim for unemployment benefits please visit ui.delawareworks.com

Delawareans with questions about coronavirus [COVID-19] or their exposure risk can call the Division of Public Health’s Coronavirus Call Center at 1-866-408-1899 or 711 for people who are hearing impaired from 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, or email DPHCall@delaware.gov. For the latest on Delaware’s response, go to de.gov/coronavirus.