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The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) primarily focused on providing relief and support to employees of certain businesses. However, it did include provisions that extended benefits to self-employed individuals, primarily in the form of tax credits, rather than direct payments or leave entitlements.

For self-employed individuals, the FFCRA provided the following benefits:

  1. Sick Leave Credit: If you are self-employed and qualify for FFCRA benefits, you may be eligible for a tax credit if you were unable to work or telework because you were under quarantine or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. This credit could help offset some of the income lost due to illness.

  2. Family Leave Credit: Self-employed individuals may also be eligible for a tax credit if they need to take leave to care for a child due to the closure of their school or childcare facility because of COVID-19. This credit can help provide some financial relief during periods of caregiving.


The FFCRA extended these benefits to self-employed individuals through tax credits, meaning you could reduce your federal income tax liability by the amount of the credit you qualify for.

Who Is Eligible

Self Employed

If you filed your taxes and you reported self-employment income (schedule C) over $50,000

Missed Work

If you were unable to work because of Covid 

Taking Care of Child

If you missed work because you had to take care of your child during Covid

Maximum Refund $32,220

The amount you might get depends on two key things. First, it's tied to how many workdays you couldn't work because of reasons like taking care of yourself, helping someone else, or handling changes in your child's education. The more workdays you missed for these valid reasons, the more you could receive.

Second, your income from the years 2019, 2020, and 2021 matters. The amount you made in these three years is crucial in figuring out how much help you might qualify for under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). 

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