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Unemployment Info Under American Rescue Plan

Gov. Jim Justice says West Virginians receiving unemployment benefits are unlikely to experience a gap in payments as the implementation of the American Rescue Plan continues.

The plan, which includes an extension of many unemployment benefits until September, was signed into law by President Joe Biden on March 11.

According to a list put together by WorkForce West Virginia, the American Rescue Plan includes:

  • Extension of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance benefits for independent contractors, the self-employed and gig workers through the week ending Sept. 4, 2021.

  • Extension of Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, which provides an extra $300 in benefits each week, through the week ending Sept. 4, 2021.

  • Extension of Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation through the week ending Sept. 4, 2021.

  • A $10,200 federal tax exclusion for unemployment compensation income for tax year 2020 for households with incomes under $150,000.

  • Individuals currently receiving unemployment need to file weekly certifications to continue receiving benefits extended by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.


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