My question involves labor and employment law for the state of: Texas
I was laid off back in July and am currently on UI until I find a full time job or benefits run out. Aside from looking for work full time, I have started to drive for Lyft to cure some boredom. As I understand it, driving for Lyft is considered an independent contract job with a 1099 tax form. I did not want to commit fraud with UI by collecting pay at the same time, so I have chosen to not fill out any tax forms yet while I am working for Lyft. Doing so means I'm not getting paid yet, either. Lyft is fairly new in my area and doesn't result in much pay, maybe $30-40 per week - nothing to live off of, and definitely just doing it to feel like I'm doing "something".
My plan is to not collect any pay until I either find a full time job, or my UI benefits run out - either way, I don't want to get paid from Lyft until I am no longer on unemployment because I don't want this to conflict with my benefits and don't want to commit fraud. By holding off on filling out my tax forms with Lyft, and the pay just accumulating week after week and choosing to not be paid until after unemployment is over - is this okay? Since I am not collecting income while on UI, I assume that this would not be a conflict of benefits. I've tried to search for answers but I can only find information regarding collecting 1099 pay while on UI, but nothing on holding off on pay until after UI runs out. Any ideas?