The freelancer’s guide to using your paid leave tax credit

This article is reproduced with permission from A Better Balance.

In March, Congress passed a new law called the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Among other emergency protections, the law creates new tax credits for freelancers and other self-employed people to compensate for lost income when you cannot work for certain coronavirus-related reasons. Here’s what freelancers need to know about how to access these credits.

What do the tax credits cover?

As a freelancer, you can receive tax credits for up to 10 days total of paid sick leave if you can’t work for one or more of the following reasons related to the coronavirus:

· You are subject to a quarantine or isolation order. This includes a shelter-in-place order or other order to stay at home, like New York’s PAUSE and California’s Safer at Home orders, or an order for people in a certain category (like those of particular ages or with particular medical conditions) to stay home.

· Your doctor or health care provider tells you to self-quarantine because they believe you have or may have coronavirus or that you are particularly vulnerable to the virus.

· You have coronavirus symptoms and are seeking a medical diagnosis.

· You need to care for a

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