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Bureaucratic snag leaves thousands of gig workers shut out of relief aid – NBC News

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance aimed to offer financial relief to freelancers and gig workers, but many who have both W-2 and 1099 income have been shut out of the program.

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When the COVID-19 pandemic wiped out almost all of Daniel Herman’s coming work, he was hopeful that he would get help from the federal government.
Herman, 30, a videographer and musician from Boulder, Colorado, believed he would qualify for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, or PUA, a new federal relief program for self-employed gig workers and independent contractors. The program was designed to support freelancers like Herman, who would not qualify for traditional unemployment benefits.
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