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Old 12-29-2015, 08:41 AM
 
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I live in Florida and would like to know two things I have not seen posted after numerous searches for 1099 worker. First question; Can I get re-employment assistance benefits. Secondly, would it effect my food stamps. I did research on my own and it seems that because I did work for an extended period of time I may be able to qualify as an employee . It was a marketing company and they were paid by client who then paid me. The contract ended. They (marketing company) were in Georgia and the client in California. I have been searching other jobs however have not found anything in two months. Thank you for any information.
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Old 12-29-2015, 09:38 AM
 
Location: Planet Woof
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You should take this question over to the Unemployment sub-forum here.
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Old 12-29-2015, 10:12 AM
 
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I have never used discussion forum don't have too much patience for it either. Don't know how to re-post in "sub forum>" however thanks for your reply.
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Old 12-29-2015, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Chicago area
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If it is a true 1099 job then you are not eligible for unemployment compensation. The IRS has strict rules for who can be a 1099 contractor typically a person paid for completion of a project of clearly defined length and scope. On 1099 you are treated as a self employed individual and the company does not withold taxes from your pay check nor pay payroll taxes such as unemployment, workers comp and the employer portion of soc sec and medicare.

If you had a boss and were paid hourly like a traditional job then you were probably miscategorized and need to file IRS form SS-8 and there are other threads on this. A lot of employers do this despite the penalties because of the above mentioned taxes on them for having employees.
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Old 12-29-2015, 12:31 PM
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You can't get unemployment compensation if you're a 1099 worker. Sorry but you're out of luck in this regard.
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Old 12-29-2015, 01:09 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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If you don't pay in, they don't pay out. Sorry.
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Old 12-29-2015, 01:35 PM
 
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Besides the 1099 payments, did you work as an employee for any employer in your state during the past 18 months?

Although you were paid as a 1099 contractor, that doesn't mean unemployment won't make a determination that you were actually an employee covered by unemployment and thus due benefits. Its a tough road but it's been done before. If you last worked and lived in CA, you stand a much better chance since CA is a citizen state so they are more likely to put you the citizen over that of the business.
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Old 12-29-2015, 02:31 PM
 
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Just retype the question in the Unemployment forum. Simple enough.
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Old 12-30-2015, 11:35 AM
 
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Thank you all very much. After some thought I have decided not to go down that road. In Florida I remembered a few years ago many people were getting approved and collecting weekly checks and then were told it was a mistake and they had to pay back. I am already in debt don't want a loan. What IS interesting and something to look into is my "status" regarding the work I was paid for the last two years. It was hourly. Not commission. My checks state 1099 misc. and there were NO TAXES taken out .
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Old 12-30-2015, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Chicago area
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Here are some old threads on the topic of worker misclassification.
Misclassified independent contractor -- the norm in Houston
Misclassification as Independent Contractor / Form SS-8
Should I file SS-8 form since my job misslabeled me my status
I got filed as an independent contractor
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