Last updated on 3/11/2021 at 4:00 pm
On March 27, 2020, Congress passed the federal stimulus package Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, known as the CARES Act.
On December 27, 2020, The Continued Assistance Act of 2020 (known earlier as the Emergency Coronavirus Relief Act) was signed.
On March 11, 2021, The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 was signed.
The department is working to review, program, and deploy these updates as quickly as possible. Please check our websites often for the most up-to-date information available, including our Progress Tracker.
Within these Federal Acts are benefits that unemployed individuals may be eligible to receive if they are not eligible for regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits.
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.