Coronavirus Resources

 

CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES

MESSAGE FROM CONGRESSMAN STAUBER:

The American people face an invisible enemy. Over the course of a few short weeks, coronavirus has resulted in the illness of thousands of Americans, forced the closure of countless small businesses, and placed an undue burden on hospitals and healthcare workers. Fortunately, great bipartisan work has been accomplished to stem the spread of coronavirus. I am confident that by continuing to work together, we will reemerge an even stronger nation than before. As always, the health and well-being of Minnesotans remains my top priority, so I will continue to work around the clock to keep you informed and enact more policies that mitigate the impact of this crisis.

MY WORK TO COMBAT COVID-19:

  • On March 4th, I voted to pass the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act to provide $8.3 billion in emergency supplemental funding for federal, state, and local responses to COVID-19. On March 6th, President Trump signed this legislation into law. Read more about this legislation HERE.
     
  • On March 13th, I voted to pass the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to require free access to COVID-19 testing and provide paid leave to impacted employees. On March 18th, President Trump signed this legislation into law. Read more about this legislation HERE.
     
  • On March 27th, I voted to pass the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to provide direct relief payments to American families, provide $367 billion in forgivable loans to small businesses, and $150 billion for hospital investments. President Trump signed this legislation into law on March 27th. Read more about this legislation HERE.
     
  • On April 24th, I voted to pass the Paycheck Protection Program and Healthcare Enhancement Act to replenish funding for the Paycheck Protection Program, support healthcare workers, and expand COVID-19 testing. On April 23, President Trump signed this bill into law. Read more about this legislation HERE.

HOW WILL THESE BILLS HELP YOU?

Q&A for Individuals and Families: 

1. Will my family be getting direct financial assistance? How much?

  • The full credit amount ($1,200 individuals, $2,400 couples, $500 for children) is available for those with incomes at or below the following income levels by filing status: $75,000 individual/$112,500 head of household/$150,000 joint.
     
  • The credit phases out above those thresholds and will be phased out completely for single taxpayers with incomes exceeding $99,000 and $198,000 for joint filers. The credit is reduced by $5 for every $100 in gross income over the credit thresholds.
     
  • More information can be found through the IRS at the Economic Impact Payment Information Center.  

2. Can I check on the status of my check?

  • Yes, the IRS has created the Get My Payment application to check on your payment status.
     
  • You can also use this application to update your banking information.

3. Will I need to pay taxes on these direct payments?

  • No, direct payments to Americans as part of the CARES Act will not be taxed.
     
  • Payments will also not be considered taxable income.

4. I am on Social Security and did not file a tax return because I did not make enough money. Am I eligible for a direct payment?

  • Yes, all Americans with a Social Security number are eligible.
     
  • The only people who are not eligible are those who make too much money or those who are in the country illegally.

5. I am a senior on Social Security, will I need to fill out a tax return to get my check?

  • No, your check will be automatically sent to you in the same method you receive your Social Security check now.

6. Who qualifies as a child for purposes of the rebate?

  • Any child who is a qualifying child for the purposes of a Child Tax Credit is also a qualifying child for the purposes of a rebate.
     
  • In general, a child is any dependent of a taxpayer under the age of 17.

7. Do dependents, other than children under 17, qualify a taxpayer for an additional $500 per dependent. 

  • No, the additional $500 per child is limited to children under 17.

8. I am eligible for a rebate, so what do I have to do to receive it?

  • For the vast majority of Americans, no action on their part will be required to receive a rebate check since the IRS will use a taxpayers' 2019 or 2018 tax return to determine the rebate.

9. What should I do if I did not file a tax return for 2019 or 2018?

  • The best way to ensure that you receive a recovery rebate is to file a 2019 tax return if you have not already done so.

10. I am a worker and I was laid off or furloughed because of COVID-19, what can I do?

Q&A for Small Businesses:

1. What are the COVID-19 paid leave regulations?

  • Employers must provide paid leave to impacted employees.
     
    • “Impacted” means anyone who has COVID-19, is in isolation by direction of a doctor, or has a child who they have to take care of because they are out of school due to COVID-19.
       
    • Businesses may apply for an exemption from this rule should they deem that offering such a benefit would threaten the viability of their business.
       
  • This is effective April 1st.

2. Will the government pay for expenses of the paid leave?

  • Yes, small businesses can seek tax credits from the IRS as a direct and full offset for any payroll paid out for paid leave due to coronavirus.
     
  • These tax credits can exceed a business’s payroll tax liability and are credited to the business on demand.

3. Is there direct financial help available for small businesses?

  • Yes, “Paycheck Protection Program” loans are available up to $10 million per business, for 8 weeks of aid.
     
  • If a business keeps their full payroll, the loan portion that is used for utilities, rent, mortgage obligations, and payroll is 100% forgivable.
     
  • Businesses can seek these loans through their lender.

4. Can I hire back employees who I have previously let go to meet the 100% payroll qualification?

  • Yes, businesses may rehire employees by June 30, 2020 to be eligible.

5. Are non-profits eligible for Paycheck Protection Program loans?

  • Yes, 501(c)3 organizations are eligible.

6. What if I already have an SBA loan?

  • SBA will be paying all interest and principal on such loans for 6 months.
     
  • Small businesses should consult with their lender before taking action on this provision.

7. Can I get both an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and a Paycheck Protection Program loan?

  • Yes, as long as the loans are used for different business expenses.

8. Who should I talk to about seeking SBA financial assistance?

  • Your lender should be your first point of contact when seeking a Paycheck Protection Program loan. 

OTHER FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

1. Do I still need to file taxes by April 15th?

  • No, the tax filing deadline has been moved from April 15th to July 15th.

2. Has the Real ID deadline been moved?

  • Yes, the Real ID deadline has been moved to October 1st, 2021.

3. I have a loved one stuck overseas. What should I do?

  • We have a great caseworker in our office who can assist you with this issue. If you are from Minnesota’s Eighth Congressional District, please call my office at 202-225-6211.

4. Will tribal governments receive federal assistance?

  • Yes, there are relief funds specifically for tribal governments.

5. I lost my job and can’t pay my student loans. What can I do?

  • Federal student loan borrowers can pause their student loan payments until September 30th, 2020.
     
  • The President has also suspended interest on federal student loans until further notice.
     
  • Borrowers must contact their loan servicer to suspend their payments.

6. What about testing? Are there enough tests?

  • The CARES Act increases access to testing by allowing the Strategic National Stockpile to stockpile swabs necessary for test kits.
     
  • The CARES Act includes $14.4 billion to expand in-patient care and purchase test kits, ventilators, and personal protective equipment; and ensure care for vulnerable veterans such as those who are in nursing homes or homeless.
     
  • The CARES also includes $11 billion for research and production of better diagnostic tests and medicine and support for future vaccine manufacturing.

7. What about ventilators and PPE?

  • The CARES Act allocated $14.4 billion to expand in-patient care and purchase test kits, ventilators, and personal protective equipment; and ensure care for vulnerable veterans such as those who are in nursing homes or homeless.
     
  • FEMA is working to distribute ventilators and other critical supplies to hard hit states.
     
  • The President invoked the Defense Production Act, providing a number of authorities that can be used if needed.
     
  • HHS announced it will be purchasing 500 million N95 respirators for the Strategic National Stockpile.
     
  • The Department of Defense announced it will be providing 5 million respirator masks and 2,000 specialized ventilators to assist.
     
  • The President signed an executive order to prevent hoarding and price-gouging of critical medical supplies.

STEPS THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS TAKEN:

  • President Trump created a Coronavirus Task Force to coordinate response.
     
  • In January, President Trump reacted quickly to implement travel restrictions on travel from China, buying us valuable time to respond to the virus.
     
  • The President has announced further travel restrictions on global hotspots, including Europe, the United Kingdom and Ireland, and Iran.
     
  • American citizens returning from travel-restricted countries are being routed to specific airports, where they can be screened and isolated as needed. 
     
  • The United States reached mutual agreements with Mexico and Canada to restrict non-essential travel across our northern and southern borders.
     
  • The Treasury Department moved Tax Day from April 15th to July 15th.
     
  • The Small Business Administration announced disaster loans which provide impacted businesses with up to $2 million.
     
  • The Small Business Administration relaxed criteria for disaster assistance loans – expanding small businesses’ access to economic assistance.
     
  • The Administration mobilized a Supply Chain Stabilization Task Force led by Rear Admiral John Polowczyk.
     
  • The President invoked the Defense Production Act, providing a number of authorities that can be used if needed.
     
  • The FDA cut red tape to expand testing availability.
     
  • The FDA is evaluating existing drugs that could serve as potential therapeutics for COVID-19 patients.
     
  • The National Institutes of Health have announced the beginning of a clinical trial for a COVID-19 vaccine candidate.

INFORMATION FOR SENIORS

  • The CDC has specific guidelines for seniors and detailed information on how they can protect themselves from COVID-19.
  • For information on how Medicare is handling the COVID-19 outbreak, visit their website HERE.
  • For more information on how the Social Security Administration is handling the COVID-19 outbreak, visit their website HERE.

INFORMATION FOR VETERANS: 

  • The Department of Veterans Affairs has a dedicated website for its COVID-19 response, as well as Coronavirus FAQs: what veterans need to know.
  • Any veterans with COVID-19 symptoms should immediately contact their local VA facility. The VA urges veterans to call before visiting -- you can find contact information for your closest VA facility HERE.

MINNESOTA RESOURCES: 

  • To find information from the Minnesota Department of Health, click HERE.
  • To learn more about Minnesota's Stay at Home Executive Order, click HERE.

FEDERAL RESOURCES: