CARES Act (a.k.a. Federal Stimulus Bill)

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Last updated on 7/7/2020 at 3:00 pm

On March 27, 2020, Congress passed the federal stimulus package Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, known as the CARES Act.

Within the CARES Act are three benefits that unemployed individuals may be eligible to receive if they are not eligible for regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits.

BENEFIT 1 - Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC)

Additional $600/week

Provides most individuals an emergency increase in $600 per week in unemployment benefits (e.g., Regular UI, PUA and PEUC).

NOTE: The FPUC program will expire the week ending July 25, 2020. An individual still waiting on a decision regarding their unemployment eligibility will receive all back weeks of FPUC due to them, even if that decision is made after July 25, 2020.

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BENEFIT 2 - Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

Not Otherwise Eligible for Regular UI

Provides up to 39 weeks of unemployment benefits to people not otherwise eligible for regular UI (e.g. self-employed, independent contractors, workers with limited work history).

NOTE: We are now accepting online applications for PUA.

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BENEFIT 3 - Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)

Additional 13 Weeks when Regular UI Exhausted

Provides an additional 13 weeks of emergency benefits for people who remain unemployed after they have exhausted their Regular UI benefits.

NOTE: For more information go to dwd.wi.gov/uiben/peuc.

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CARES Act Frequently Asked Questions

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Yes, those payments are considered income for federal and state tax purposes. You can ask to have state and federal taxes withheld from your unemployment payments. If you decide to have taxes withheld, we will deduct 10% for federal taxes and/or 5% for state taxes from your weekly benefit payment. You can opt to have taxes withheld at https://my.unemployment.wisconsin.gov.