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Return-To-Work Bonus : An Alternative To Unemployment Benefits

Updated : September 11th, 2020

The Coronavirus pandemic has taken the states by storm. To curb the pandemic, states have implemented various measures such as social distancing, travel ban, self-isolation, etc. Though these measures helped in containing the pandemic to an extent, they caused businesses to shut down leading to an increase in the unemployment rate, one such being the state of Idaho.  

As per the Labor Force statistics, the unemployment rate in Idaho rose to 11.5% and non-farm payrolls lost about 79,500 jobs in April. 

To help the unemployed to meet their financial needs, the state provides enhanced unemployment benefits under the CARES Act which is set to expire in July, forcing Idahons to return to work.

However, despite businesses reopening, people are not comfortable returning to their work due to the fear of exposure to the Coronavirus. To encourage people to return, Governor Brad Little is looking to offer a return-to-work bonus. 

More About Return-To-Work Bonus

Return-To-Work bonus is given to the workers to encourage them to take up their work while ensuring their safety. The Idaho Gov. Brad Little wishes to give a one-time cash bonus of $1,500 to workers returning to their full-time work, and $750 to those returning to their part-time work. 

The bonus will be given on the basis of first-come, first-served for eligible applicants only after they return to their work.

Who Qualifies For Return-To-Work Bonus?

To qualify for return-to-work bonus employees must meet several eligibility criteria. Some of them include:

  • Employees must return to work by July 1, 2020
  • Employees must work for 4 consecutive weeks 
  • Wages of the employee is $75,000 or less annually
  • The employee is the resident of Idaho
  • The employee has worked for an employer in Idaho

How To Apply For Return-To-Work Bonus?

Employers must provide details on the workers for whom they are expecting a return-to-work bonus. This is required because of the existing relationship between the Tax commission and employers. 

The qualified employer applicants must establish a secure Taxpayer Access Point (TAP) account to safeguard their business and personal information entered on the applications. 

Steps to be followed while applying for return-to-work bonus include:

Step 1: Log in to the TAP account

Step 2 : Go to step 3 for employers who are not a third party filing on behalf of an authorized person. For third parties, choose client from the client list

Step 3 : Go to “I Want To” section and click the ‘Return To Work’ option

Step 4 : Fill the details and submit the application

Note –

  1. Applications for employees who returned to work between May 1 and June 14 will be accepted by July 13
  2. Applications for employees who returned to work between May 1 and July 1 will be accepted on July 20

How To Create A TAP Account?

To apply for a return-to-work bonus the applicants must first create a Taxpayer Access Point account. Follow the below mentioned steps to establish a TAP account.

  1. Visit the TAP home page and click “Don’t have a logon? Register here” 
  2. Select “No” when asked if you have received TAP registration code. Then click “Next”
  3. Enter the details asked for
  4. For the “You Are” field, choose:
    a. Business if you are an employer or owner (but not the sole owner) of a business
    b. 3rd party tax professional if you are an accountant managing client’s taxes or a tax    preparer 
  5. Next click “Submit” 
  6. After the submission, the Tax Commission will send you a letter with a registration code
  7. Once you receive the registration code, go back to the home page and login to your account
  8. Click “Yes” when asked if you have a registration code
  9. Click “Next”
  10. Go to the “Verify” page and:
  • Enter the registration code (it is case sensitive)
  • Choose the appropriate option under “You Are” 
  • Enter the SSN or EIN used during the pre-registration
  • Click “Next”
  • Enter the details asked for
  • Click “Submit”

Closing Thoughts

Return-to-work bonus not only encourages people to return to work but also helps state to improve the economy. To know more about this program, visit 


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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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