U.S. Federal, State Government, And Other RESOURCEs & Information in Response to COVID-19
Last Update: 3/26/20
Here is the latest information coming out of Washington, D.C.STIMULUS PACKAGE – H.R. 748 (116)
NEXT STEPS: the bill will be sent to the House for passage, then to the desk of the President for final approval
Rebates will be based on adjusted gross income from your last tax filing.
- Americans with an adjusted gross income of up to $75,000 ($150,000 for married couples) will get a check for $1,200, ($2,400 for married couples).
- Additional $500 per child.
- Who will NOT receive a rebate check: Single filers earning more than $99,000; head of household filers with one child, more than $146,500; joint filers with adjusted gross income greater than $198,000 with no children.
- NOTES: Rebate checks will be directly deposited for those who use direct deposit with the IRS; 3-4 week timeline. All others will receive checks or in some cases prepaid debit cards; the turnaround time for this population will likely be months.
- $600 per week for up to four months (on top of state unemployment benefits).
- $500 billion for corporations.
- $100 billion for hospitals.
- Businesses would get a tax credit for keeping idled workers on their payrolls during the Coronavirus pandemic, so long as the businesses meet certain criteria. Refunded for half of what they spend on wages, up to $5,000 per worker.
- Defer the 6.2 percent tax they pay on wages that is used to fund Social Security.
STATE & LOCAL GOVERNMENT
- $150 billion; $8 of which is for local governments.
- $10.5 billion, including $1.5 billion for the National Guard to deploy up to 20,000 on-call soldiers to help state response over the next six months.
- $415 million on research and development
- $200 million for these services.
FOOD STAMPS AND NUTRITION
- $25 billion for food assistance, including nearly $16 billion for SNAP and nearly $9 billion for child nutrition.
- $24 billion including $14 billion to stabilize the farm economy. Another $9.5 billion would be set aside for emergency aid for the agriculture sector, including cattle ranchers and fresh fruit and vegetable growers.
- $30 billion in emergency education funding for colleges and universities, states and school districts.
ADDITIONAL FEDERAL RESOURCES
FAA - The FAA briefly suspended flights to the NYC area and Philadelphia. The suspension has been lifted, according to the AP. Read the story.
Federal Real ID - Feds are postponing the deadline for Real ID requirements, new date TBD.
Tax Deadline Extended to July 15 - Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced that Tax Day will be moved to July 15 from April 15 because of the Coronavirus outbreak. The decision comes after widespread complaints over the administration's plan to give people who owe the IRS an additional 90 days to pay up, without penalties or interest, yet still require them to file their returns by April 15.
At President Donald Trump's direction, Mnuchin tweeted, "we are moving Tax Day from April 15 to July 15. All taxpayers and businesses will have this additional time to file and make payments without interest or penalties."
News from the Education Department
- No enforcement of federal rules on standardized testing for K-12 schools.
- Federal student loan borrowers can request to suspend payments for at least 60 days without penalty.
- Borrowers would have to contact their student loan servicers to take advantage of the benefit.
News from the State Department
- State Department: Level 4 Global Travel Advisory
- The advisory would instruct all Americans abroad to either return to the United States or prepare to shelter in place, given the global threat of the coronavirus outbreak. Under the advisory, Americans would be instructed not to travel abroad.
- U.S. and Mexico restrict non-essential travel.
- Non-essential US travel to Canada is closed until further notice.
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Loans
Click here for information on assistance and resources for businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The SBA will work directly with state Governors to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and non-profits that have been severely impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.
Emergency Aid Package
The Senate passed a multibillion-dollar emergency aid package to help Americans suffering from the economic impacts of the coronavirus. The package could send two $1,000 checks to many Americans and devote $300 billion towards helping small businesses avoid mass layoffs. The bill awaits President Trump’s signature. More details include:
- Offer two weeks of paid sick and family leave to many American workers who are in quarantine, helping a family member with COVID-19 or who have children whose schools have closed. Workers will get 100% of their normal salary.
- A total of 12 weeks of paid leave to many of those who have children whose schools have closed. Workers would get about 67% of their normal salary for this period.
- Bolsters unemployment insurance.
- Free testing for the coronavirus for those who need it.
- Boosts food assistance (SNAP) and federal funding for Medicaid.
Foreclosures & Evictions
Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is suspending foreclosures & evictions through April.
Center for Disease Control (CDC)
15 DAYS TO SLOW THE SPREAD: https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/03.16.20_coronavirus-guidance_8.5x11_315PM.pdf
RESOURCES FOR BUSINESSES & EMPLOYERS: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/businesses-employers.html
For more information, go here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Coronavirus.gov for the latest official information from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Task Force at the White House.
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for official Coronavirus (COVID-19) health information.
Visit FEMA for answers to Coronavirus myths and rumours.