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How do I apply for PUA?

Applying for PUA is a two-step process.

  1. First, apply for regular Unemployment Insurance benefits at www.jobs.state.nm.us to determine if your income is covered by the regular state Unemployment Insurance (UI) program. If determined ineligible for regular UI benefits, you will then be cleared to apply for PUA benefits.
  2. Once you are determined ineligible for regular benefits, you will be provided access to apply for PUA benefits through a link on your Unemployment Insurance Tax & Claims System homepage. 

What counts as proof of income when I apply for PUA?

Acceptable forms of proof of earnings include copies of 2019 income tax forms such as the following:

  • Self-employed: Forms 1040; and schedules C, F, or SE
  • Partnerships: Forms 1040, 1065, and schedule F, K-1
  • Corporations: Forms 1040, 1120, 1120A, and schedule E, SE
  • 1099 or W2

(Updated 05/28/2020)

What are the requirements for PUA?

  • You must be either unemployed or have hours reduced to fewer than 32 hours/week and must be earning less than the weekly amount of unemployment you receive.
  • You must not be eligible for regular Unemployment Insurance benefits. For example, those who are self-employed/business owners, independent contractors, 1099 and other gig-economy workers, and sole proprietors who do not pay unemployment premiums on their own income are generally not eligible to receive Unemployment Insurance benefits.
  • You are able to work and available to accept work except that the COVID-19 pandemic is preventing you from doing that.
  • You must provide an acceptable form of proof of earnings. Acceptable forms of proof include copies of income tax return forms such as a Form 1040. For a full list of acceptable forms, please refer to the FAQs.

What is Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)?

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) is a new temporary federal program under the CARES Act that provides benefits to individuals who are not otherwise eligible for Unemployment Insurance.

Do claimants have to receive more than $100 in weekly unemployment benefits in order to receive the extra LWA benefits?

No. The $100 requirement is specific to weekly benefit amount.

If an individual is eligible for a minimum weekly benefit amount of $86 and receives a dependency allowance of $25 they will be eligible to receive LWA benefits.

If your weekly benefit amount is $100 or more but you receive less because you are earning wages, you are still eligible to receive LWA benefits if your weekly amount is at least $1.



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