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Old 12-29-2016, 03:07 PM
 
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My job in CA ended last week (laid off). I'm getting ready to file a UI claim. I'm trying to figure out 2 things:

1) In my *claim* do I include only W-2 wages? Or do I also include self employment / 1099-MISC income? From my research, I think EDD uses only W-2 wages (not self-employment/1099) when calculating benefits.

But am I also required to list all of my self-employment/1099 income in my base period (even though EDD won't consider it when calculating benefits)? (For a variety of reasons, I'm not interested in attempting to have any of my 1099 income reclassified.)

2) Because January begins a new quarter, is it better for me to file my UI claim this week (December) or in January? These are my standard base periods in the two possible scenarios:

File claim this week (December)
Q1 (Jul Aug Sep 2015): no W2 earnings (only 1099/self emp)
Q2: no W2 earnings (only 1099/self emp)
Q3: no W2 earnings (only 1099/self emp)
Q4: W2 earnings just a hair above the $1300 threshold; also had 1099/self emp earnings)

File claim in January:
Q1 (Oct Nov Dec 2015): no W2 earnings (only 1099/self emp)
Q2: no W2 earnings (only 1099/self emp)
Q3: W2 earnings just a hair above the $1300 threshold; also had 1099/self emp earnings)
Q4: W2 earnings more than $7k but less than $9.5k

(My highest earnings were in the past 3 months, but those earnings do not fall in either standard base period, and I think I earned *just* enough to not be able to use alternate base period. Essentially, I had a little bit of W2 income in the spring, but rest was self-employment. Then, in the summer, I made a complete transition to W2 work, and have not had any 1099 income since then. If my claim is granted, I understand that I'd need to get approval to do self-employment & any income would affect my UI benefit.)

Thanks for any advice!

(I searched prior threads & found a lot of great info - thank you all! I couldn't find answers for my specific situation. But apologies if I missed a relevant post/reply.)

Last edited by ondes; 12-29-2016 at 03:18 PM..
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Old 12-29-2016, 03:21 PM
 
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is it better for me to file my UI claim this week (December) or in January?
Are you serious? Do you have any idea what your benefit will be with $1300? This is a nobrainer.

http://www.edd.ca.gov/pdf_pub_ctr/de1101bt5.pdf

In situation one, you're looking at $53/wk for 13 weeks. It's not worth your time.

In the second situation, you're looking at $270+ for 13 weeks.

Did you consider waiting until April?
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Old 12-29-2016, 03:35 PM
 
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Did you consider waiting until April?
Thanks! Yes, I had been thinking of waiting until April if I can stick things out until then, since the maximum benefit would be much higher. Originally, I'd been doubting when to file a claim - because in a lot of other cases, it looks like it's better to file right away. But unlike someone who has W2 income across all quarters, the bulk of my W2 earnings were more recent.

Thanks again!
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Old 12-29-2016, 03:40 PM
 
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it looks like it's better to file right away
This is a UI myth perpetuated by the state agencies. It's a big "it depends." People should be doing the math, not racing out and filing UI claims just because they lost their job.
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Old 12-29-2016, 06:21 PM
 
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CA will only use the ABP if the SBP doesn't qualify you. Filing in Jan, the standard base period - earnings through 9/30/2016 a little over $1,300 - is qualifying and will provide a minuscule benefit. You need to wait until April for a better claim.
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