I am self-employed and exhausted my PUA benefits on December 13. Why won't my PUA extension be backdated to the end of December? The system says it will only go back to January 31. On February 7, click on the “Reopen Claim” link and answer all questions presented to you. You will be asked if you would like to backdate your claim, and you may request a backdate to December 27, 2020.