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Can you collect unemployment and do odd jobs for friends or do you have to report it?

My BIL has been laid off since nov. He collects full unemployment benifits and he also does odd jobs for his freinds like mow their lawn, paint their house ect. They pay him cash. does he have to report it as income. I know he has already made over $500. He doesn't think he has to report it as income because he is working around a freinds house?

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Asked by motherwanting6 at 5:41 PM on May. 23, 2010 in Money & Work

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  • No, its like an under the table kind of thing.

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:48 PM on May. 23, 2010

  • he's supposed to report everything he receives from everybody unless it's a loan.

    Answer by angevil53 at 5:48 PM on May. 23, 2010

  • Of course he needs to be reporting it. In Illinois, you can earn at least 200 a week without losing unemployement benefits.


    Answer by rkoloms at 5:55 PM on May. 23, 2010

  • Um, yeah, the honest thing to do is report it!

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:39 PM on May. 23, 2010

  • Legally he has to report ANY income paid to him! BUT, the easiest way to get around that is to have these friends simply make a payment to something instead of pay him. If they are going to pay him $150 for work, have them write a check to the Gas company instead. That way he isn't actually earning any money... My DH was on unemployment and went to work for our landlady, who knocked his pay off the rent, we asked his unemployment guy who said that as long as no money changes hands - there is no income, even if it's paying off debts or bills... Have these friends pay off your bills, put gas in your car or take you shopping instead and then you don't have to worry about claiming income, because there is none.

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 6:46 PM on May. 23, 2010

  • I agree with Sabrina.

    Answer by IraqiVetWife at 7:10 PM on May. 23, 2010

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