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Is the benefit amount different for those who are independent contractors or self-employed?

Not necessarily. The weekly benefit amount is calculated under 20 CFR 625.6 and allows full benefits, currently $362.00, to self-employed people who can document net income in excess of this maximum weekly benefit amount. The federal regulation contemplates using tax return information to calculate the weekly benefit amount, although it is advisable to have additional pay and income information available to further substantiate your income. Those with income below this threshold or with insufficient wages to typically qualify will be paid a lesser amount. The minimum weekly benefit amount is currently set at $160.00. Please note, the independent contractor or self-employed worker is entitled to the additional $600.00 per week federal payment in addition to whatever state benefit they qualify for.