Important Changes to Unemployment Insurance – 4-27-20

There has been an important change to Unemployment Insurance (UI) that the Labor Secretary announced yesterday. The Employment Development Department (EDD) has updated its website to reflect the latest changes for UI claimants (https://www.edd.ca.gov/unemployment/certify.htm):

Certifying for Weeks Ending March 14 through May 9, 2020 

Based on the persistent inability of claimants to access the UI OnlineSM system during this time period, if your UI benefit certification form has dates for weeks ending March 14 through May 9, you do notneed to certify or recertify for UI benefits. For these weeks, this means:

·        After you initiate your UI claim and are determined eligible, you do not need to provide any certification for your first benefit payment or continuing biweekly payments.

·        You will automatically receive your benefits, unless you have an existing disqualification or pending issue.

·        You will be required to provide information to the EDD if you worked during any of these weeks.

·        The failure to provide the EDD with information that you worked during these weeks may result in an overpayment that the EDD must later recover.

In the steps for receiving UI benefits, this means after you apply (Step 1), EDD will take care of Step 2 for you for the weeks ending March 14 through May 9, based on the persistent inability of claimants to access the UI Online system during this time period. You will be required to inform the EDD if you work during these weeks through Ask EDD by selecting Unemployment Insurance Benefits, then Payments, a

How to use 2-1-1 During Covid-19 Pandemic as a Resource Locator

211 LA is on the front line supporting LA County’s COVID-19 public information and community resource needs. 

Click here to read about what 211 LA is doing to support the residents of LA as the situation around the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) rapidly evolves.

And click here to download a PDF flyer about what services 2-1-1 can offer during the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Essential Worker with Childcare Needs?

 WeeCare, a nation-wide resource for employees with childcare needs.  WeeCare specializes in childcare placement for employers with essential workers and first responders.  Its directory has access to childcare facilities across the nation.  They can be reached as follows: https://weecare.co/daycare-near-me or call (323) 421-7479 to reach a WeeCare representative directly. Attached is a sheet with more information.

Click here to download information sheet

All local Social Security offices will be closed – see info about receiving continued services below

All local Social Security offices will be closed to the public for in-person service starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020. This decision protects the population we serve—older Americans and people with underlying medical conditions—and our employees during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. However, we are still able to provide critical services.Please read our press release to learn more, including how to get help from the Social Security Administration by phone and online.

Here you’ll find information on Social Security office closures, safety preparedness in case of emergencies, signing up for direct deposit of your benefit payments, and more. 

Our web page is updated every 10 minutes. Please check back for the latest information about office closings and delays and to subscribe to your state/territory. Click this text link to go to the page.

Do You Qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit?

The EITC is the largest, federal refundable tax credit for low to moderate-income workers.Congress enacted it in 1975, in part to offset social security taxes and provide an incentive to work.

Last year, 25 million eligible workers and families received about $61 billion in EITC. The average EITC amount was $2,504.  The EITC is as much as $6,557 for a family with three or more children, for tax year 2019. There is a smaller EITC for those with fewer than three children or taxpayers who do not have a qualifying child. EITC can be the largest single payment a taxpayer receives during the year – it canequal a few months’ wages.

EITC and the refundable portion of the Child Tax Credit lift over 10 million people outof poverty annually – over half are children. Four out of five eligible taxpayers receive EITC. One in five eligible taxpayers are not receiving this valuable credit and possibly other credits, as well.  Almost a third will become eligible for the first time on their 2019 tax return, due to changes in marital, parental or financial status.

There is also free income tax preparation available through a program of volunteer tax preparers. Click this link for details about VITA.