Last updated on 5/14/2020 at 3:15 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.
NOTE: Wisconsin began making FPUC payments the week of April 26, 2020. Claimants DO NOT need to take action for the additional $600 per week benefit.
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.
The Supreme Court ruling does not impact these federal programs.