Resources for Families During COVID-19

IRS OFFERS INCOME TAX RELIEF DUE TO COVID-19
On March 21, 2020, the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service announced that the federal income tax filing due date is automatically extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020. In his press conference on March 23, 2020, Governor Brian P. Kemp announced that Georgia's tax filing deadline would be extended 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. 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. 

The IRS has a dedicated webpage to information regarding tax relief due to COVID-19. For the most accurate and up-to-date information, please reference www.irs.gov/coronavirus.

H.R. 6201 FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT

From Congress.gov:

Families First Coronavirus Response Act responds to the coronavirus outbreak by providing paid sick leave and free coronavirus testing, expanding food assistance and unemployment benefits, and requiring employers to provide additional protections for health care workers.

Specifically, the bill provides FY2020 supplemental appropriations to the Department of Agriculture (USDA) for nutrition and food assistance programs, including

  • the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC);
  • the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP); and
  • nutrition assistance grants for U.S. territories.

The bill also provides FY2020 appropriations to the Department of Health and Human Services for nutrition programs that assist the elderly.

The supplemental appropriations provided by the bill are designated as emergency spending, which is exempt from discretionary spending limits.

The bill modifies USDA food assistance and nutrition programs to

  • allow certain waivers to requirements for the school meal programs,
  • suspend the work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the food stamp program), and
  • allow states to request waivers to provide certain emergency SNAP benefits.

In addition, the bill requires the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to issue an emergency temporary standard that requires certain employers to develop and implement a comprehensive infectious disease exposure control plan to protect health care workers.

The bill also includes provisions that

  • establish a federal emergency paid leave benefits program to provide payments to employees taking unpaid leave due to the coronavirus outbreak,
  • expand unemployment benefits and provide grants to states for processing and paying claims,
  • require employers to provide paid sick leave to employees,
  • establish requirements for providing coronavirus diagnostic testing at no cost to consumers,
  • treat personal respiratory protective devices as covered countermeasures that are eligible for certain liability protections, and
  • temporarily increase the Medicaid federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP).
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act was introduced on by Rep. Nita M. Lowey (D-NY) on March 11, 2020 and was signed by President Donald Trump on March 18, 2020. Read the Families First Coronavirus Response Act in its entirety. 


MUST MINISTRIES RESOURCES

The MUST Ministries in Cherokee County offers food, housing programs, workforce development and clothing. Services are open Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

111 Brown Industrial Parkway, Canton, GA 30115
770-479-5397

MUST Ministries accepts donations open Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.