After the recent passage of the CARES Act, individuals and businesses now have several options for receiving income replacement while the world sits in suspended animation. The variety of funding sources available to different types of workers and businesses depending on their situations creates a web of complexity that is already complicated enough to navigate. Unfortunately, the recent double-speak from the California Employment Development Department fueled the confusion and fear in California freelance and small-business communities.
If you can afford to consult a CPA, you should. However, for various reasons, this option is not available to many Californians. That's why we've put together a Google Sheet that breaks down the various assistance options available to different types of California freelancers, contractors, and professional service providers. Where possible, we've also tried to synthesize where the process could put your clients and business partners at risk of an audit.
Click here to view the California Freelancer Pandemic Assistance Chart.
Let us know if you have questions about the chart. The best way to connect with us is by joining our Facebook group, The People v. AB5, and posting your questions and comments there.
TPVAB5 is a lawyer and freelance musician in Los Angeles. A lifelong Democrat, he was brought into this fight by AB5 and by the realization that politicians on both sides of the aisle are beholden to special interests.