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 passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act in March 2020. 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 received direct cash assistance from the government as a result of the CARES Act earlier this year.
The checks were automatically dispensed to those who filed taxes and are eligible.
Payments were be based off of 2019 tax returns. 2018 tax returns or a 2019 Social Security statement showing income were used if 2019 returns were not filed at the time of payment.
- 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, will receive 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.
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.
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.