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  • Get ready self-employed to apply for COVID-19 unemployment insurance

    State officials are recommending self-employed Mainers prepare their application materials in anticipation of new opportunities to apply for unemployment insurance.

    The state Department of Labor is still working out details of the expanded pandemic unemployment relief plan. But the department says that potential beneficiaries should start gathering the applicable 2018 or 2019 IRS tax schedules — including Schedule C for sole proprietors, and Schedule J for farmers and fishermen. Other useful forms include Schedule SE for self-employment and Schedule K-1 for partnerships and S corporations.

    Officials say more information will be made available at maine.gov/unemployment/.