What assistance programs are available to people out of work/school?

Coronavirus Tax Relief

The IRS has established a special section focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the coronavirus. Visit https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus for more information. 

Economic Impact Payments: What you need to know: The distribution of economic impact payments will begin in the next three weeks and will be distributed automatically, with no action required for most people. However, some seniors and others who typically do not file returns will need to submit a simple tax return to receive the stimulus payment. Please do not call the IRS about this. When more specific details become available, visit https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus  for more information. 

  • IR 2020-61, Economic impact payments: What you need to know
  • IR-2020-59, IRS unveils new People First Initiative; COVID-19 effort temporarily adjusts, suspends key compliance program
  • IR-2020-58, Tax Day now July 15: Treasury, IRS extend filing deadline and federal tax payments regardless of amount
  • IR-2020-57, Treasury, IRS and Labor announce plan to implement Coronavirus-related paid leave for workers and tax credits for small and midsize businesses to swiftly recover the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave
  • Treasury News Release: Treasury and IRS Issue Guidance on Deferring Tax Payments Due to COVID-19 Outbreak
  • IR-2020-54, IRS: High-deductible health plans can cover coronavirus costs

Unemployment Assistance

The U.S. Department of Labor's unemployment insurance programs provide unemployment benefits to eligible workers who become unemployed through no fault of their own and meet certain other eligibility requirements. Unemployment insurance is a joint state-federal program that provides cash benefits to eligible workers. Each state administers a separate unemployment insurance program, but all states follow the same guidelines established by federal law. Visit DOL.gov for additional information. 

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Reemployment Assistance (also called reemployment assistance insurance) provides temporary wage replacement benefits to qualified individuals who are out of work through no fault of their own. If you need assistance, contact the Reemployment Assistance Contact Center at 1-800-204-2418 during the hours of 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST, Monday through Friday. Visit FloridaJobs.org for additional information.

Section 2102 of the CARES Act provides individuals who are not already eligible for state and federal unemployment programs—but would be able to work in the absence of the coronavirus outbreak—a set amount of unemployment compensation. For example, unemployment benefits would be extended to self-employed workers, independent contractors, and those with limited work history for up to 39 weeks of employment through the end of 2020, fully funded by the federal government. Importantly, the provision excludes those employees who are able to telework with pay or receive some form of sick leave or other paid-leave benefits.

Additionally, employees who quit their job for coronavirus-related reasons could qualify for unemployment benefits. This not only applies to those who contract the virus themselves, but also those who must leave their jobs to provide full-time care to family and other relatives but do not have access to paid leave benefits.

Provisions under this Act set out a multipronged approach to assist state-based unemployment programs. 

  1. A $600 supplement to state-paid unemployment compensation for those who already qualify
  2. A pandemic unemployment assistance program which matches the normal state unemployment rate PLUS $600 for unemployed workers who would not normally be eligible i.e. sole proprietors and 1099 workers
  3.  An extension of unemployment compensation by 13 weeks beyond the eligibility time states provide under current law.  Link HERE to learn more and apply

Many delivery businesses are hiring. Visit employment sites for Uber Eats, GrubhubInstacartShipt, Amazon, and Amazon Flex Delivery for more info. 

United States Bartenders' Guild has an application process for the Bartender Emergency Assistance Program. Visit the website for more information: USBG National Charity Foundation 

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