Indiana Unemployment Claimants to Receive $1800 soon.
On August 8, 2020, President Donald J. Trump issued an Executive Order by Memorandum directing up to $44 billion from the DRF at the statutorily mandated 75 percent Federal cost share be made available for lost wages assistance to eligible claimants, to supplement State expenditures in providing these payments:
The Memorandum states: In exercising this authority, the Secretary, acting through the FEMA Administrator, shall, subject to the limitations above, approve a lost wages assistance program that authorizes the Governor to provide a $400 payment per week, which shall reflect a $300 Federal contribution, to eligible claimants from the week of unemployment ending August 1, 2020.
According to Indiana’s government website Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) funding will only cover the six-week period from the week ending Aug. 1 to the week ending Sept. 5. No LWA funding will be available to states beyond that time period. Indiana will make payments the week of Sept. 21, covering the period of Aug. 1 to Sept. 5, for those eligible.
It appears that Indiana will not choose to add $100 a week, in order to conserve state funds. Do those receiving this or any other unemployment benefit or supplement have to pay income tax on this $1800 payment? Yes, both federal and state income tax are due for those who make over the threshold for paying income tax, which is $12,200 for a single person under 65. See IRS publication 501 for your tax filing requirements.
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