Can a 1099 Contractor Collect Unemployment?
1099, nope, you are viewed as self-employed and can control your own work. You are not an employee you are an independent contractor. It is not fair. Also, you get they joy of paying twice as much for FICA as a 1099, employers pay 1/2 for employees. There are ways a 1099er can change. You can form a corp and give yourseld a salary then you could get unemployment. Also, companies would rather have you work as an independent contractor because it is cheaper. However, there are laws to make sure employers do not improperly classify employees as independent contractors, this can help some people.
by stephen t - 10 hours ago
Sounds like you did not know what your responsibilities were prior to engaging in your work as a 1099 consultant. I would find some kind of job, anything, just to get money together to take care of your responsibilities. Then I would hire an accountant who can set you straight.
by jhistenes - 10 hours ago
If you have not worked for anyone that paid unemployment insurance you can not collect.
by ? - 10 hours ago
That's what it means - you can't collect. Your work as an independent contractor isn't covered for unemployment comp. A company pays into u.c. for its employees, but not for independent contractors.
by Judy - 10 hours ago
Contractors are not employees...hence no unemployment.
by shelcom - 10 hours ago
You are not eligible for unemployment compensation. This is reserved for those who work as employees for an employer who contributes to the unemployment fund via taxation. When you are an independent contractor, you don't get such a benefit.
by acermill - 10 hours ago
Well, you're considered to be YOUR OWN employer at that point. But your Federal Income taxes have little to do with it, except for establishing your prior income as far as unemployment is concerned. Have you been paying your own state unemployment taxes? If so, you could probably qualify for unemployment (assuming you meet the other guidelines -- which is to say that you were let go for some reason that was beyond your control and not because your contract ended.) You'll probably have to visit an unemployment office (and take all of your most recent tax returns) to find out for sure. Good luck!
by ISOintelligentlife - 10 hours ago
a 1099 contractor employee is required to pay their own social security, medicaid and unemployment insurance. If you have been paying these items, of course you can collect unemployment. If you havent, then you have no unemployment to collect. Only you can answer that question. Im sure you know if you have been paying into unemployment or not. Somebody has to pay the unemployment, in this case its you. *update* Clearly I need to explain in detail figured you guys would have got this. Yes I can collect unemployment if my company lays me off. Its actually really beneficial way to do taxes. Maybe Im the only one that has a good tax accountant and attorney. So personally I can collect unemployement the way im set up.
by financing_loans - 10 hours ago
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