Please Note: These FAQs will be updated as necessary as we make systemic programming changes based on federal guidance.
Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation (MEUC) has been extended with the enactment of the American Rescue Plan for all weeks, January 2, 2021 through September 4, 2021. MEUC provides $100 in extra benefits to individuals with at least $5,000 in net income from self-employment during the applicable tax year.
You may qualify if you meet the following criteria:
1). Are you getting at least $1/week in traditional unemployment insurance from your state?
If you are receiving benefits from the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, you do not qualify for this extra $100.
2) Did you report at least $5k in net profit self-employment income in 2019?
This can be 1099 income or any other reportable self-employment income. If you are applying for unemployment for the first time in 2021, you will need to prove $5k in net profit self-employment income in 2020.
If the answer is yes to both questions, you may be eligible for the extra $100/weekly.
Yes, you will receive a notice of determination notifying you if you are eligible or ineligible for the program. The notice of determination will be emailed to you, and if you have indicated that your preferred method of communication is postal mail, it will also be mailed to you.
If you disagree with the decision the department has made, you have the right to file an appeal at Dol_DUI_APPEALS_REQUEST.@DELAWARE.GOV
The extra $100 MEUC payment per week may affect eligibility for Medicaid, CHIP or SNAP. Child support is deductible from Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) payments.
Yes. MEUC is taxable and will be subject to 10% Federal withholding tax. If you elected to have taxes withheld from your regular UC benefits. For information about changing your election, visit our Taxes on Benefits at UICLAIMS@DELAWARE.GOV.