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Payroll Tax Cut Extended and Change in Unemployment Benefits

Posted by Liz Weaver Posted on Feb 22 2012
Extension of payroll tax cut.   The 2% payroll tax cut has been extended through 2012.

Unemployment benefits. The new law changes several unemployment benefit provisions, including the following:
? Temporarily extends benefits for up to 99 weeks, depending on the state.
? Requires an unemployment insurance beneficiary to be able to work, available to work, and actively seeking work.
? Under certain circumstances, states may enact legislation to require an applicant to submit to and pass a drug test for the unlawful use of controlled substances.
? Allows states to create self-employment assistance programs to help unemployed workers while they are establishing businesses.