I am helping some musician friends (independent contractors) who have never been on UI before with their confusing PUA experience. They all received small residual royalty payments during their PUA time but did not report them since this income is for work that was done years ago. I'm telling them that they should have reported the royalty payments as income (especially since the EDD specifically asks about royalty income received), but it's likely that the EDD would have still paid their normal PUA amounts since they would recognize these royalties as residual income. I understand why some musicians might be confused about this. Should they bother trying to correct it? If yes, can they correct this mistake retroactively without raising red flags or being penalized? One of them also has another weird conundrum. Let me see if I can explain. He didn't apply for PUA until July, but back-dated it to begin May 1st which was the date which he had actually stopped his previous work. He had been hired for some work earlier in April which was physically completed in the middle of April before he started PUA. The problem is that he delivered the completed work to the contractor in the middle of May, and then wasn't actually paid for the work until the end of July. In his eyes, the work had been completed in April before he started on PUA so he didn't claim this income when it was received in July. I'm telling him that he should have claimed it. So in this scenario we have the same question as above. Can he correct this mistake retroactively without raising red flags or being penalized? He's not trying to scam the system - he's an honest person but is confused. I didn't immediately see an answer for this type of scenario on the EDD website. Any recommendations? Thank you!
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