I think I understand. And I guess I am still trying to determine if I am better off reporting myself to the Department of Labor now instead of waiting until they catch up with me in 2014. Is that something you can give me some sense of, based on the issues and ramifications that you will discuss?
Thank you for your help. It sounds like I would be better off beginning to report those earnings as if I were earning them now, as you said. However, in the next couple of weeks I am taking training (approved by the department of labor) to get a real estate license and then will begin hopefully working as a real estate agent in early November. Although this is a commission only job, I probably will only be reporting benefits for about two to three more weeks. Practically speaking I probably can't report all of the earnings within that time period (unless I were to receive no benefits at all). But, would it help me to at least report some of the earnings rather than none? Also, given that I will be working (albeit as an independent contractor, as all real estate agents are) for the last two months of 2013, is it possible that the unemployment office might overlook the 1099s for the other freelance work (because at least theoretically I might have done that work during the last couple of months of the year). Of course I know that is not honest, but I am really stuck about my options.
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