Employees and Job Seekers
The coronavirus pandemic has turned life across the United States upside down. Tens of millions of Americans have filed for unemployment, and millions more face reduced work hours and furloughs. Angelenos whose jobs have been affected by COVID-19 have a number of resources available to them.
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The Federal Government recently passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. There are a number of different financial assistance provisions in the law that individuals can access to support them during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Many Americans will receive direct cash assistance from the government as a result of the CARES Act.
The checks will be automatically dispensed to those who have filed taxes and are eligible.
The payment will be based off of 2019 tax returns. 2018 tax returns or a 2019 Social Security statement showing income will be used if 2019 returns have not been filed.
- Single adults with an adjusted gross income of $75,000 or less will get the full $1,200.
- Married couples with no children and earning $150,000 or less will receive a total of $2,400.
- For every qualifying child age 16 or under, you get another $500.
- Individuals who earn between $75,000 and $99,000 will receive a smaller payment based on income.
- Married couples who have no children and earn between $150,000 and $198,000 will receive a smaller payment based on income.
- A family with two children would no longer be eligible for any payments if its income surpassed $218,000.
- Taxpayers filing as head of household will get the full payment if they earned $112,500 or less.
- College-age children who were claimed as dependents on their parents’ returns will not receive a check.
- Most Americans receiving Social Security, Disability, who are unemployed, veterans, or living abroad will receive a cash payment.
- If a household includes an undocumented individual, all members of the household are barred from receiving a check.
How to Receive a Check
The checks will be automatically dispensed to those who have filed taxes and are eligible – you do not need to apply to receive a payment. The IRS will transfer money via direct deposit to all individuals whose bank account information they already have. If they do not have your direct deposit information, they will send a check to the address of your most recent tax filing.
Payments are expected to begin going out in mid-April. You will get a notice in the mail a few weeks after your payment has been disbursed with information about where the payment was sent and in what form it was made. You will not have to pay taxes on your payment.
The CARES Act significantly expanded unemployment insurance to workers impacted by COVID-19. Please see below under State of California for information regarding the enhanced benefits and how to file for unemployment
The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service has announced that the federal income tax filing due date is automatically extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020. Taxpayers can also defer federal income tax payments due on April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020, without penalties and interest, regardless of the amount owed.
Who Gets Relief
This deferment applies to all taxpayers, including individuals, trusts and estates, corporations and other non-corporate tax filers as well as those who pay self-employment tax.
Taxpayers do not need to file any additional forms or call the IRS to qualify for this automatic federal tax filing and payment relief. Individual taxpayers who need additional time to file beyond the July 15 deadline can request a filing extension by filing Form 4868 through their tax professional, tax software or using the Free File link on IRS.gov. Businesses who need additional time must file Form 7004.
Workers and employers in California affected by the COVID-19 pandemic can get assistance through the Employment Development Department. Programs and benefits are available to eligible individuals who cannot work, have reduced hours, or need to stay home due to school closures.
Click here to find out what programs and benefits are available to you.
Additional State Resources
- Labor and Workforce Development Agency – Resources for employers and workers including workers’ compensation and paid sick leave.
- Labor Commissioner’s Office FAQs – Employee leave options, compensation, and salary.
- Department of Fair Employment and Housing – Job protection and employment discrimination.
- OnwardCA – One-stop resource for Californians impacted by job loss during the COVID-19 pandemic.