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$400 Unemployment Benefits In Texas: What Should You Know

Updated : August 31st, 2020

On Saturday, President Donald Trump signed a series of executive orders that provide an additional $400 benefits to people who have lost their job due to the Coronavirus-induced economic shutdown. Qualified people are expected to receive the payment soon. However, it is unclear when the unemployed would receive $400 unemployment benefits in Texas.

In this article, we will tell you when the Texans can expect an additional $400 unemployment benefits and how to qualify for the payment. But before that, let’s quickly learn more about the extra unemployment benefits.

More about $400 Unemployment Benefits 

The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation Benefits that provided an additional $600 per week expired on July 31, and Congress has been unable to reach an agreement and extend the program.

Even since the expiration of the $600 unemployment benefits program, Americans struggle even harder to meet their basic needs. To help them, President Donald Trump signed an order that provides an extra $400 unemployment benefits per week. That is $200 less than what the Americans were previously receiving. 

Also, under the new program, the states are required to fund 25% of additional unemployment benefits. That is, the order requires states to pay $100 of the $400 unemployment benefits. But states like Texas are already struggling financially, and now the $100 portion has added more to it. 

On Monday, the Texas Workforce Commission said that “It is currently reviewing the presidential memoranda and will give additional details once it becomes available.”

So, When Will Texans Receive $400 Unemployment Benefits?

As per the order, the $400 unemployment benefits take effect on August 1. However, the payment would take weeks to reach the qualified. But this may not be the case in Texas. 

Michele Evermore, a senior policy analyst and researcher at the National Employment Law Project (NELP), stated that the program is harder to implement, and the state would take months to implement the program finally.  

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), on the other hand, stated that it is seeking guidance from the Department of Labor (DOL) on how to interpret the program and proceed with its implementation.

Who Qualifies For $400 Unemployment Benefits In Texas?

To receive additional unemployment benefits in Texas, you should meet certain eligibility criteria. Some of them include:

  • One should qualify for regular unemployment benefits or Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program or any other federal unemployment program
  • One should receive at least $100 regular unemployment benefits per week

In Texas, Unemployment Insurance benefits range from $69 to $521 per week. Anyone falling below the $100 threshold cannot qualify for $400 unemployment benefits. 

Since Texas unemployment benefits fluctuate from one week to another, the Texas Workforce Commission will verify if the applicants are eligible to receive the extra $300 or $400 benefits each week. When the program begins, the payment will be sent to claimants from the week that ended August 1, which is the week that immediately follows the expiration of the $600 program.

How Much Benefits Will Texans Receive Under The New Program?

Under the new program, eligible Texans will either receive regular/traditional unemployment benefits plus $300 if the state does not provide $100, or $400 if the state decides to contribute its portion. 

For instance, if an individual receives $250 under regular unemployment benefits, he or she can receive $250+$300 or $250+$400 depending on the participation of the state in the program. 

How long Will The $400 Unemployment Benefits Payment Last? 

How long the new unemployment benefits program lasts depends on how high the unemployment rate remains. Under the executive order, the qualified Americans can collect $400 weekly unemployment benefits until the total balance of the Disaster Relief Fund (DRF) of the Department of Homeland Security falls to $25 billion or FEMA expends $44 billion from DRF. 

Are $400 Unemployment Benefits Taxable?

The answer is yes! The additional unemployment benefits are considered a taxable income and are subject to federal and state income taxes. 

What To Do If One Doesn’t Qualify For $400 Unemployment Benefits?

Texans can opt for alternative programs if they do not qualify for the additional unemployment benefits program. Some of them include:

Work Search Help From Workforce Solutions Office

Although the Workforce Solutions office doesn’t provide financial help, unlike the $400 program, it can help you with your job search and provide training opportunities. The Workforce Solutions office provides several services at zero cost. Some of them include:

  • Job search help
  • Information about job fairs
  • Latest details about the local labor market
  • Information on job training programs
  • Use of fax machines and computers 
  • Details on child care assistance or transportation 
  • Seminars to assist the needy to maximize the work search efforts
  • Assistance in creating a resume and improve the job interview skills

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or food stamp program is a federally funded program. It provides food assistance to families with no or little income. The program allows the qualified to buy nutritious food using Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards. 

You can use this benefit program to buy fruits, vegetables, non-alcoholic beverages, bread, cereals, etc. To apply for SNAP, visit https://yourtexasbenefits.hhsc.texas.gov/apply/how-to-apply

Final Words

The Texas Workforce Commission is trying its best to provide additional unemployment benefits to the needy on time. It is even considering setting up a separate, new program to direct the payment to qualified unemployed since this relief measure isn’t considered as an unemployment benefit, but a FEMA relief program.

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  1. I had trouble getting my proof of self-employment to upload in secure file exchange and finally got it submitted by 12:06 am , 6 minutes late. What are the possibilities that they will deny it? I have received unemployment from March 2020 to some of Jan and some in Feb 2021. Most of Dec, Jan, Feb, March, & april were stopped for this proof of employment.
    Also, I see proof of Income as a 2nd issue but it is always on there. That was not on my TO DO list.
    I feel for u all on ID.ME…

    Anyone trying to reach UI, call their number, press 2 or 3 (questions abt filing a claim?) and then wait thru the message. At the end of it, u will be connected to a live person! I promise.. don’t push another button.. I’ve done it 4 times and it never failed.

    We lost our home, my ex took my child…. (kept her after a visit and called cps facilitating drama while the cops wouldn’t give her back without paperwork locked up in the court house..shut down for covid) I raised her by myself for 12 years & now she is with a violent alcoholic and parental alienating parent .. ….my dog, my 9-year sweet little best friend, was attacked, passing away 3 days later.. all in this time frame.
    But! It will all be ok. I have faith.

    Be grateful for your life and all that is in it today. What u dwell on daily will be your strength or weakness.
    Good luck to all of u.
    And thank you, Jeff, for responding out here. It is appreciated!
    Davulia S.

  2. I filed over two months ago. I have not received any information. My status says “pending resolution”. I have no way of contacting anyone. My position was eliminated at my job and I submitted the documentations online. I dont know what else I can do.

  3. I have been apply Ohio Pua unemployment since July 5th still pending issues. Upload what they ask for when ever I call says your case is in Adjudication. Very very frustrated, financially I am broke. Health issues. Waiting a long period.Don’t know what I will do ?

    1. Nafisa,

      I can understand your situation. There will be a delay considering the number of applications that are being processed. Please continue chasing the office/check your status online at regular intervals until payments normalize.

    2. Same here since Feb 2021 turned in all the documents still pending issues 3 months now. When you call they tell you to be patient. Pulling my hair out it’s so frustrating.

  4. I was receiving PUA unemployment. they made me file for a new claim in February. Now I am in adjudication even though I gave all the same information from my previous claim. Have been adjudication since February and I call and they say they will put in a ticket to have an Adjudicator call me. Nothing. I am wondering If I can go down to to Maryland Unemployment Office and demand that someone talk with me to release my claim for payment. It’s been 56 days. I read that they have a maximum of 45 days.

    1. Luis,

      Your adjudicator may be inundated with pending cases. Please continue to follow up (if you have the contact details) or consider the option of visiting an office in the vicinity if safe and feasible.

    2. t sounds just like mine only im disqualified yet actie every till sept 4th . they haven’t asked me for anything! i file then its disqualified yet im told im ok and have nothing to do bit wait for an answer? answer to what? they switched my program and all and asked me to provide proof for a claim that wa denied al eady back in 2018! deny me once and then again perhaps? lol idk

  5. My mom had unemployment in Florida. She just recently moved temporally to California with a sister since she needs assistance, and now the website is telling her she cannot do anything because she is register in another state. Can she keep filing unemployment in Florida, even if she is living and register now in another state? how is the process to change the unemployment? I tried calling and there is no answer. Thank you!

    1. Stephanie,

      Please ask your mother to consider transferring the UI benefits from FL to CA (details will be available on either of the websites). If there are benefits weeks left in the account, she will be able to claim them.

    1. Leatha,

      UI benefits are offered to claimants who lose employment involuntarily and be able to and available for work.

  6. I lived in ga in 2019 and move to florida in 2020 and work for the xmas months in nov-dec. I was told to do a combine wage claim. my question is which state do i file the claim in?

  7. I filed for pua in Ohio back in October 2020.My claim has been in ajudacatuon since 11/1/20.So 2 to 6 weeks is a total understatement! When I call.i am told to basically hurry up and wait some more.I have recently been redetermined and my claim is allowed.but I have one pending issue.How long is too long?

    1. Nicole,

      Unfortunately, nobody has an answer. There are perhaps thousands of pending applications. Please consider the option of visiting an office in the vicinity if safe and feasible.

  8. If you claim your weeks for unemployment and for the next 2 months you still have not received your money. Where can you go in volusia county to talk with a live person

      1. HI Jeff,
        I applied back in Dec 5th, 2020 and I haven’t received any correspondence, is there a local office that I can make an appt to make certain my claim is right.

        1. Adam,

          You can consider visiting an office in the vicinity if safe and feasible (details will be available on the Unemployment Office’s website).

  9. On NYS DOL website, my claim is saying current yet the information is for my old claim with 0 days remaining despite receiving 2 weeks of payments on the new claim and I was able to certify last night. I haven’t received anything; no letters or emails.

  10. I was disqualified for UI benefits for not providing an ID and other forms of identification. How do I fix this?

        1. Gary,

          You may not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

    1. Hi Mike, I’m in NYS and was at the end of my BYE on 3/14, I was still certifying but wasn’t getting paid. I found out I had to file a new claim because my other was exhausted. I’m still waiting on approval. Maybe you have to file a new claim. I hope this helps.

  11. They say 2-6 weeks it’s more accurate to say 2-6 months; and when you call many of them are rude and unwilling to assist!

  12. someone needs to look into Sharon L. Anton gillette, wyo. or dickinson, nd she is a fraud and has done so many fraudulent things and please look into her

    1. Annette,

      Please report it to the Fraud Division of the Unemployment Office in your state. You can report on the website.

  13. I worked part time for thee years here in florida. I’m currently not working. I’m also retired and collects social security.
    My question is
    Am I qualified to file for unemployment ?

    1. Ruby,

      To be eligible, you’re required to have sufficient hours and earnings. Please use the “Benefits Calculator” available on this website.

  14. So adjudication takes 8 to 12 weeks. Oh okay, that explains why I havent received payment since July. That surely helps just like the rest of the information that you give. And by the way. What’s the NEW reason you can’t get through to the Call Center.

    1. Maria,
      I have gotten through to the call center (live agent) every time i’ve tried calling within the last 2 weeks. The number to a live agent (follow the prompts carefully) is (667)-207-6520. i have gotten through within 10 to 15 mins with each call i had made!

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