The Pennsylvania Office of Unemployment Compensation provided information  for unemployed Pennsylvanians eligible for an extra $300 unemployment benefit made available from the federal government to support Americans who became unemployed as a result of the COVID-19 related virus mitigation measures.

The below information can also be accessed HERE.

​Lost Wages Assistance Program

The federal Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) Program gives Pennsylvania $1.5 billion to provide an extra $300 a week in additional funds to individuals that are unemployed (or partially unemployed) because of COVID-19.

LWA Program Eligibility

  • You must be fully or partially unemployed due to COVID-19, and
  • You must have a weekly benefit rate + dependent allowance totaling $100 or more, and
  • You must receive a payment each week from one of the qualifying programs:
    • Unemployment Compensation
    • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation
    • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
    • State Extended Benefits
    • Shared-Work
    • Trade Readjustment Allowances
You will certify only ONCE for the LWA program. Complete your LWA Certification as soon as possible as funds are limited and not guaranteed.

Starting Sunday, Sept. 6, individuals should fill out their LWA certification using their UC PIN by selecting “Complete LWA Certification” in the same application used to file biweekly claims.

The LWA application is also available in paper format to print and mail. 

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) claimants do not need to apply, you are already certified unemployed due to COVID-19. 

Information about LWA

LWA payments will be paid in one lump sum to eligible claimants for claim weeks ending:

      • August 1
      • August 8
      • August 15
      • August 22
      • August 29
  • Individuals who may qualify for LWA but have not yet received payment for an approved week from a qualifying program should still apply as soon as possible.  At the time benefits are paid from a qualifying program to an individual for any of the approved dates, the LWA payment will follow one week later if the individual has already completed the LWA certification.
  • LWA will run for a minimum of five weeks and will end no later than December 27, 2020, but funds are not necessarily available through the end of the program.
  • FEMA approves Pennsylvania’s benefits one week at a time and the program will end when disaster funding is no longer available.
  • LWA payments are made one time at the end of each week. You will receive your LWA   payments after you are paid benefit payments for one of the qualifying programs. This will result in your regular benefits and your LWA benefits being received approximately 1 week apart.
  • If you are working full time or being paid full time for a week, you are not unemployed and will not be eligible to receive a qualifying program payment or an LWA payment for the week. Learn how earning affect UC payments.
  • LWA is subject to 10% Federal tax withholding from each payment, if you already chose to have taxes withheld from your regular UC benefits. For information about changing your federal withholding status, visit our Taxes on Benefits page. For specific guidance on the tax treatment of unemployment benefits, contact the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).Opens In A New Window

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Brinker Simpson & Company, LLC

Disclaimer: This alert is for informational purposes only and does not constitute professional advice. Information contained in this communication is not intended or written to be used as tax advice & cannot be used by the recipient to avoid penalties that may be imposed under the Internal Revenue Code. We strongly advise you to seek professional assistance with respect to your specific issue(s).

Source: PA Office of Unemployment Compensation