Coronavirus Relief


Guide to Unemployment and Paid Leave

Unemployment Compensation

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance - for self-employed individuals and independent contractors

Economic Impact Payments

Avoiding Scams


Paid Leave 

If your employee has fewer than 500 employees, the federal government has provided funding for up to ten days of paid leave for the following reasons related to coronavirus:

  • You are subject to a Federal, State, or local quarantine or isolation order related to COVID-19,
  • You have been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine related to COVID-19 or you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and seeking a medical diagnosis,
  • You are caring for an individual subject to an order or self-quarantine as described above,
  • You are experiencing any other substantially-similar condition specified by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the Secretaries of Labor and Treasury.

If you are caring for a child whose school is closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, you are eligible for up to 10 weeks of partial paid leave. You can review guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor on paid leave programs.

Unemployment Compensation

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Office of Unemployment Compensation is responsible for administering unemployment compensation programs. For the most detailed information and to file a claim, please visit uc.pa.gov.

How to File an Initial Claim

Unemployment compensation is available for workers who are no longer working through no fault of their own but who are able and available to work. Independent contractors, self-employed individuals, and gig workers are eligible as well. You can review eligibility and file a claim here.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) FAQs

The CARES Act also provided for expanded unemployment compensation for an additional 13 weeks and with a supplemental $600/week in addition to weekly benefits from certain other unemployment compensation programs. Workers who receive unemployment between April 4 and July 25, 2020 will receive the additional $600 separate from their regular biweekly claim. Workers do not need to apply to receive the additional benefit. For additional information on supplemental payments, click here.

Question? Send an email to uchelp@pa.gov.

What to Expect After Filing

 

Economic Impact Payments 

Any person who has a valid Social Security Number (SSN) and is not considered a dependent of another taxpayer is eligible if their income does not exceed the thresholds outlined below. This includes workers and those receiving welfare or Social Security benefits. Individuals who are claimed as a dependent on another person’s tax return are not eligible for a payment. 

Income  Amount 
Less than $75,000 for an individual       $1,200/individual
Less than $150,000 for a couple  $2,400/couple
  +$500/dependent child under the age of 17

The payment balance will be reduced $5 for each $100 your AGI exceeds these thresholds. 

Workers' eligibility will be based on their 2019 tax return. If you have not filed a tax return yet this year, your eligibility will be based on your 2018 filing or you can file a 2019 tax return. If you do not file a tax return because you receive Social Security, you do not need to file a tax return. Checks will be deposited using the banking information provided for receiving tax refunds on your tax return or the way a person regularly receives Social Security benefits.

IRS Secure Portal: track the status of your payment, enter your banking information, and learn more about the Economic Impact Payment program for tax filers and non-filers. 

For more information about the Economic Impact Payment, visit the IRS.gov/coronavirus.

How you can help

Serv-PA

Register as a medical or non-medical volunteer through serv.pa.gov to do your part in your community. 

Give Blood

It is safe to donate blood and healthcare providers are in need of your donations. To find a donation center near you, visit the American Red Cross website.

PA 2-1-1

Connect with your local United Way to offer your time as a volunteer or share your volunteering needs. Learn more.

Tax Filing Deadline Postponed

Federal Income Taxes

Filing Deadline: July 15, 2020

All individual and other non-corporate tax filers may defer federal income tax  payments due on April 15, 2020, until July 15, 2020, without penalties or interest.

Learn more

Pennsylvania State Taxes 

Filing Deadline: July 15, 2020

The Department of Revenue will also waive penalties and interest on 2019 personal income tax payments through the new deadline of July 15, 2020. This extension applies to both final 2019 tax returns and payments, and estimated payments for the first and second quarters of 2020.

Learn more