FAQs About COBRA Insurance Coverage

  If you’ve recently lost your job, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve lost your insurance. You may qualify for COBRA. At this point, you may be asking how a snake is going to help you with health insurance as you’re feeling the painful bite of unemployment. You’ve also lost your health insurance coverage that you had through that employer. That’s perfect timing — you can’t simply buy a new individual health insurance policy because you can’t afford the premiums since you’re without a job. It’s not as though you could pay for any medical fees out of pocket without

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Federal Income Tax Filing Date postponed to July 15

On March 20th, Secretary-Treasurer Steven Mnuchin announced that the April 15 tax filing deadline will be postponed to July 15 to better align with the IRS 90-day deferment of the tax payment deadline. State tax jurisdictions are playing catch up to the announcement, but early indications are many will be setting their own deadline rather than aligning with the federal deadline. The Treasury Department and the IRS have announced special payment relief in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This information is contained in Notices 2020-17 and 2020-18. Key details are as follows: Tax payment deadlines postponed 90 days. All

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Attention Local Workers Whose Job Has Been Affected by the Coronavirus

If you are a worker who has been totally or partially separated from your job due to Coronavirus, please note that no claim for unemployment insurance may be filed or processed until an actual lay off from employment has occurred, or until there has been an actual reduction in hours.  When filing your claim for unemployment benefits, please be sure to check the reason for separation as Lack of Work/Lay off.  If you will be filing because of a reduction in hours, you will not receive benefits unless your gross earnings are less than your weekly benefit amount.  Currently,

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Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA)

Emergency FMLA The FMLA has been temporarily expanded for employers with fewer than 500 employees to allow eligible employees up to 10 weeks of paid FMLA leave with a 10-day “waiting period” if they are unable to work or telework as a result of caring for a child whose school is closed or whose childcare provider is unavailable due to COVID-19.  During the 10-day waiting period, the employee is permitted to receive accrued sick or other leave, including the paid sick leave provided under this legislation. The 10 weeks of leave will be paid at two-thirds the employee’s regular

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The Three Step Process: Disaster Loans

The Three-Step Process: Disaster Loans   The U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) provides low-interest, long-term disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners, and renters to repair or replace uninsured/underinsured disaster-damaged property. SBA disaster loans offer an affordable way for individuals and businesses to recover from declared disasters. STEP 1: Apply for Loan  Online  In-person at a disaster center By mail. Apply online at the SBA’s secure websitedisasterloan.sba.gov/ela. As a business of any size, you may borrow up to$2 million for physical damage. As a small business, a small agricultural cooperative, a small business engaged

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U.S. Postpones April 15 Tax Payments for 90 Days for Most Americans

Coronavirus disruption prompts tax agency to extend the deadline, waive interest and penalties WASHINGTON—The U.S. government will postpone the April 15 tax-payment deadline for millions of individuals, giving Americans another 90 days to pay their 2019 income-tax bills in an unprecedented move. The IRS, using authority under President Trump’s national-emergency declaration, will waive interest and penalties as well, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said at the White House Tuesday. The delay is available to people who owe $1 million or less and corporations that owe $10 million or less, Mr. Mnuchin said. The government granted the extension to give taxpayers a

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NEW TAX DEADLINE IN THE WORKS

March 3-16-2020 -As America and the world continue to combat the Coronavirus, and most major sporting, business and social events have been postponed or canceled, the IRS and Treasury still have not updated tax professionals and taxpayers about a possible change to the annual income tax filing deadline, which is traditionally April 15. The IRS is widely expected to announce an extended date for the deadline on Monday.   Two U.S. Congressmen, Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.) and Paul Mitchell (R-Mich.) have joined the call for changing the nation’s income tax reporting deadline. The two sent a letter to the IRS Commissioner asking the agency to extend the normal

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SBA’s NEW YEAR RESOLUTION ENFORCEMENT!

With enforcement a significant focus for the Small Business Administration (SBA) starting in 2020, government contractors large and small need to make a New Year’s resolution to adjust or implement compliance strategies to ensure they understand and satisfy the limitations on subcontracting and set-aside projects. Highlights from SBA’s new rules include: Contracting officers may request information from small business prime contractors to demonstrate compliance with the limitations on subcontracting. There has been an uptick in solicitations that require the offeror to provide a price breakdown and narrative explanation of how the prime will meet the applicable limitation on subcontracting.

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New Law Helps People Save For Retirement; Other Retroactive Changes Impact Many Taxpayers

The Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020, enacted December 20, 2019, includes a number of tax provisions designed to encourage more people to save for retirement. It also includes a number of other tax changes including the retroactive renewal of some tax benefits that had expired at the end of 2017. The new law helps people save for retirement; other retroactive changes impact many tax-payers federal income tax returns. They may also qualify to claim them for tax-year 2018 by filing an amended return. Here is a quick rundown of key provisions in the new law: Contributing to a traditional

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IRS Increases Visits To High-Income Taxpayers Who Haven’t Filed Tax Returns

WASHINGTON — As part of a larger effort to ensure compliance and fairness, the Internal Revenue Service today announced that it will step up efforts to visit high-income taxpayers who in prior years have failed to timely file one or more of their tax returns. Following the recent and ongoing hiring of additional enforcement personnel, IRS revenue officers across the country will increase face-to-face visits with high-income taxpayers who haven’t filed tax returns in 2018 or previous years. These visits are primarily aimed at informing these taxpayers of their tax filing and paying obligations and bringing these taxpayers into

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