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    Default Contract Labor and Unemployment Benefits

    My question involves independent contractors in the state of: Texas

    I am currently receiving unemployment benefits.

    If I begin working as an independent contractor, will I still be able to receive unemployment benefits?

    Thank you in advance.

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    That depends on how much you earn.

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    That depends on how much you earn.
    That's kind of why I was asking.

    I do dog walking, and I get paid $8 per 20 minute walk. I do roughly 4 or 5 per week.

    I just took this gig to keep me busy while I look for a job in my field.

    I would rather not mess up my unemployment benefits for a job that pays me 40 - 50$ per week.

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    Default Re: Contract Labor and Unemployment - Texas

    For that little, I seriously doubt that it will affect your benefits. But for a definite answer, you'll need to ask the UI office in your state.

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    For that little, I seriously doubt that it will affect your benefits. But for a definite answer, you'll need to ask the UI office in your state.
    Well, I don't really want to alert them to anything that they wouldn't already be alerted to... which is why I was asking here.

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    Default Re: Contract Labor and Unemployment - Texas

    Nothing there answers my question at all.

    I DID read that before I posted here. I researched thoroughly before I posted here.

    Nothing there answers whether or not my benefits will be terminated if I am doing CONTRACT work.

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    Default Re: Contract Labor and Unemployment - Texas

    Read some more. You can continue to receive benefits if your earnings are below the threshhold allowed by the state, in relation to your weekly benefit amount. Your determination letter should have said how much that is, go look at it. Usually it's 100+something percent of your weekly benefit before benefits are not payable for that particular week. Each week stands alone. If you still have questions about how much you can earn 1) before benefits are reduced or 2) before benefits are not payable for a particular week, call the TWC. Easy-peasy.

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    Nothing we can tell you is going to be binding on the TWC. If that doesn't answer your question, then you're out of luck - at least as far as a message board is concerned. The crystal ball is out being recalibrated.

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    Default Re: Contract Labor and Unemployment - Texas

    Cool, thank you guys for your help

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