Unemployment benefit changes in the American Rescue Plan (March 2021)

In March 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), which further extended pandemic unemployment provisions.

The pandemic unemployment programs were extended through the week ending September 6, 2021, adding 29 weeks of eligibility. PUC (the program that added more money to the base level of benefits) will stay at $300 per week for every week starting after March 14.

The first $10,200 of UI benefits from 2020 were made non-taxable for households with adjustable gross incomes under $150,000. Families who had already filed their taxes before ARPA was passed will receive retroactive relief from this provision automatically and do not need to file and amended return.

In a departure from previous policy, people who receive accidental overpayments through no fault of their own will not have to pay the extra amount back.