LANSING, Mich.— The Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) announced that eligible Michiganders can apply for the new Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation (MEUC) program.
The MEUC program was created as part of the federal Continued Assistance Act (CAA) and provides an additional $100 per week in supplemental benefits. MEUC is payable for the weeks ending January 2, 2021, through the week ending March 13, 2021.
Potentially eligible claimants have received a notice either by mail or in their Michigan Web Account Manager (MiWAM) account about the availability of MEUC and how to apply.
To qualify for MEUC:
- Claimants must have earned at least $5,000 in self-employment income (net) in the most recent taxable year.
- Claimants must be receiving unemployment benefits for weeks covered by the MEUC program, which are the weeks ending January 2, 2021 through March 13, 2021.
- Claimants must apply online for the MEUC program and must submit proof of self-employment income.
- MEUC is not available for claimants who are currently receiving Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA).
Claimants are required to submit documentation of the net earnings of self-employment income obtained during the most recent taxable year. For example, if the claim was filed in 2020, documentation should be from 2019.
Acceptable documentation includes, but is not limited to tax returns, 1099’s, bank receipts, business records, invoices and billing statements. This does not include W-2 wages earned with an employer. MEUC payments will not begin until self-employment income documentation can be verified. The proof of income must be related to self-employment, not W-2 wages.