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If you are working and requesting unemployment benefits, you must report your earnings and the hours you worked for each week you request benefit payments. There are no exceptions to what TWC considers “work.”
Work is any type of service for pay, including but not limited to:
Examples of paid self-employment that you must report include, but are not limited to:
Self-employed farmers must also report subsidy/price support payments, crop insurance payments and farm disaster relief (not Disaster Unemployment Assistance) payments.
If you work while requesting unemployment benefits, report hours worked and wages earned during the week that you performed the work even if you have not yet been paid. There are no exceptions to what TWC considers “work.” The workweek for reporting earnings begins on Sunday and ends on Saturday, regardless of your pay period. View a tutorial on how to calculate and report earnings.
When you request a payment, you must answer these questions:
If you worked in either or both weeks, answer “Yes.” If you worked, you must report:
If you are self-employed or work odd jobs, for each week that you request payment, you must report:
If you underreport or do not report your work or earnings when you request payment, you may be committing unemployment fraud and:
We compare what you report with other sources to verify the accuracy and can detect when you have not reported all your earnings. If we find a discrepancy between your reported income and other sources, we will review your claim for potential overpayment or fraud.
If you find a full-time job, you are no longer eligible for unemployment benefits beginning on the start date of the job, even if you will not receive your first paycheck right away. If you work the customary number of full-time hours for your occupation, you will not be eligible to receive unemployment benefits. You may still request payment for weeks before you start your job, but be sure to report work and earnings if you start work during your payment request period.
See also Stop Your Claim for additional information.
If you work part time, you may be eligible to continue receiving unemployment benefits as long you meet all other requirements, including looking for full-time work.
The benefits of working part time include:
Separation from part-time work may affect your payment. If your part-time employer fires you or you quit, we will review your reason for the job separation and decide whether you can continue to receive benefits.
You may earn up to 25% of your Weekly Benefit Amount before we reduce your benefits for that week. If you earn more, then we will reduce your benefit payment by the amount that is over 25%. If you earn more than your weekly benefit amount plus 25%, we cannot pay you benefits for that week.
To calculate the amount of benefits you may receive, multiply your weekly benefit amount by 1.25 and then subtract your gross earnings. Your Statement of Benefits lists your weekly benefit amount.
For example, if your weekly benefit amount is $400, you may earn up to $100 (which is 25%) without a reduction in your benefits. If you earn more than $100, we subtract your earnings from $500 and pay you the difference. Either way, your benefits plus your earnings would total up to $500 for the week. If you earn more than $500 (your weekly benefit amount plus 25%), we cannot pay you benefits for that week.