Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) is a program under the CARES Act that adds additional weeks to a claimant’s unemployment benefits claim once they exhaust. PEUC is also known as an extension. On Dec. 27, 2020, the stimulus bill renewed PEUC, that originally expired Dec. 26, 2020. The stimulus bill added 11 weeks, increasing the maximum number of extended benefit weeks from 13 to 24. Read CARES Act Extension FAQs for more information.
PEUC is taxable and will be subject to 10 percent federal withholding tax, if you elected to have taxes withheld from your regular benefits. Find more information about changing your election.
If a claimant has eligibility for a regular claim, they must go on to a regular claim instead of going to or staying on an extension, even if the weekly benefit amount is lower on the new claim or the new claim is in a different state.
Step 1: Exhaust unemployment benefits
Step 2: Apply online
You will receive a confirmation that your PEUC application is complete
Step 3: Continue to submit your weekly certifications at labor.idaho.gov/claimantportal.
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