**Economic Impact Payments**
The IRS announced on April 10, 2020 that automatic payments for 2019 or 2018 filers who chose direct deposit would start to go out this week and next week. If you are a non-filer, the IRS has information on how to get the Economic Impact Payment as well as a form to fill out on their website here.
For those interested in checking the status of their payments, please visit the IRS website and check out their new tool under “Get My Payment.”
For those looking to calculate their Economic Impact Payment, check out this helpful calculator here.
More information can be found below under ‘Information on Personal Finance’ and on the IRS website for ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ here.
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"The coronavirus pandemic has forced the world into a monumental economic and public health crisis. Small and large businesses have closed, airlines are grounded, hospitals are overrun, and many people are suffering as a result. Congress had to act to preserve jobs and wages, and to prevent this virus from destroying the American way of life. And while our work here undoubtedly continues, I remain committed to joining my colleagues in developing policies that will address this pandemic and support the American people—providing the necessary resources that our first responders, medical personnel, and small businesses desperately need. The journey ahead will be long and challenging for all Americans. But we can and will rise to the occasion and serve as an example for the world as we utilize our ingenuity, work ethic, and moral compass to guide us. We must remember that we are in this together, united as one nation under God, and the sacrifices we make now will put us on a stronger path to a brighter future."
- Congressman Adam Kinzinger
What Congress is Doing:
On March 4, 2020, Congressman Kinzinger joined his colleagues in passing the first emergency coronavirus package (H.R. 6074), which was signed into law by President Trump on March 6, 2020. This package included $7.8 billion in emergency funds to increase testing capabilities across the country, bolster state and local response efforts, provide relief to small businesses, and purchase essential equipment and supplies. You can read the full text of the bill here, and you can read a summary of the bill here.
On March 14, 2020, Congressman Kinzinger joined his colleagues in passing the second emergency coronavirus package (H.R. 6201), which was signed into law by President Trump on March 18, 2020. This package included paid sick and medical leave for workers, required insurance companies to cover the cost of testing for COVID-19, increased access to telehealth, and established emergency nutritional assistance for those in need. You can read the full text of the bill here, and you can read a summary of the bill here.
On March 27, 2020, Congress passed the third emergency coronavirus package (H.R. 748, as amended) by voice vote, which was later signed into law by President Trump on that same day. This package provided almost $2 trillion in relief, including direct financial assistance to middle-class Americans, funds to support health care workers and hospitals, emergency loans for small businesses, expanded unemployment insurance, and directs funds to state and local governments. You can read the full text of the bill here, and you can read a summary of the bill here.
On April 23, 2020, Congress passed another funding measure (H.R. 266, as amended) to replenish programs authorized in Package 3 (the CARES Act
). This legislation appropriated an additional $321 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program (bringing total to $659 billion), $10 billion for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (bringing total to $20B), and another $50 billion for the disaster loan programs account. Additionally, it provided another $75 billion for hospital reimbursements (bringing total to $175 billion) as well as $25 billion for testing. The measure was signed into law by President Trump on April 24, 2020. You can read the full text of the bill here
, and Congressman Kinzinger's press release on his 'YES' vote here
More Legislative Actions:
Click here for a full list of legislative actions by Congressman Kinzinger as part of his coronavirus response efforts.
Information on Personal Finance:
For more information on payments for economic impacts cause by COVID-19, please take a look at the one-page overview here and be sure to check the IRS website here for answers to frequently asked questions.
ALSO: The filing deadline for tax returns has been extended from April 15, 2020 (Tax Day) to July 15, 2020. Federal income tax payments can be deferred without penalties or interest. For more information and additional guidance, please visit the IRS website here.
The situation in Washington, D.C. continues to be fluid for Congress. According to an updated announcement made on Friday, May 15, 2020, the U.S. Capitol Complex is closed to tours and visitors until Tuesday, June 9, 2020, unless otherwise stated. For any questions or rescheduling of tours/meetings, please call the Congressman’s DC Office at (202) 225-3635 or send a message through the website here.
As announced on March 12, 2020, the Office of Congressman Kinzinger is currently following guidance from the House Administration Committee and Sergeant at Arms Office by taking the necessary precautions for safety, and will continue to take steps that will best protect both visitors and staff.
White House Message:
As the 15-Day deadline came to a close on Sunday, March 29, 2020, President Trump announced that he would extend the social distancing guidelines until April 30, 2020 as the peak of the virus is expected to hit over the next two weeks. For more guidance on how to stop the spread of the coronavirus, the White House has provided this information:
On Monday, March 9, 2020, the Governor’s Office issued a disaster proclamation for the state of Illinois in order to access the additional federal resources that come with that designation. These funds will be used to help prepare the state for the potential spread of the virus. Please see the Governor’s website for more information.
On Wednesday, March 11, 2020, the Department of Health and Human Services announced additional funding allotments to state and local jurisdictions to support their COVID-19 response. Per their website here, the State of Illinois is set to receive over $17 million in total.
On Thursday, April 23, 2020, Governor J.B. Pritzker updated the shelter-in-place order for the State of Illinois to be extended to May 30, 2020, implementing a 'modified stay-at-home order' which will go into effect on May 1, 2020. For more information on this, please see Governor's announcement here.
If you or a loved one is struggling with the stress of this COVID-19 pandemic, the Illinois Department of Human Services has set up an emotional support text-line to help. People seeking the ‘Call4Calm’ assistance should text TALK to 552020 for English or text HABLAR for Spanish. The service is free and confidential, and more information can be found online here.
For more Illinois updates and resources, please see the Illinois Department of Public Health website here.
Guidance From the CDC:
Be sure to continue checking coronavirus.gov for the latest, updated information on the pandemic.
Remember that symptoms can take 2-14 days to appear after being exposed to the virus.
If you’re feeling sick or showing signs consistent with the known COVID-19 symptoms:
- Call your doctor & share your symptoms before going into visit that health facility
- Monitor your symptoms and stay home to self-quarantine for at least 14 days.
Information for Seniors:
AARP has put together a number of resources together for their members on the coronavirus concerns. You can access this information at https://www.aarp.org/coronavirus.
The same resources are available in Spanish here: https://www.aarp.org/elcoronavirus.
Additional Healthcare Resources:
Center for Disease Control or call 800-232-INFO
National Institutes of Health
Illinois Department of Health
Educational Resources for Families:
** On Friday, March 20, 2020, President Trump announced that the Education Department would not enforce federal standardized testing requirements for K-12 schools and would allow federal student loan borrowers to suspend payments for at least 60 days without penalty.**
On Friday, April 17, 2020, Governor Pritzker announced that both public and private schools in Illinois will remain closed for in-person learning for the remainder of the academic school year. Illinois will receive about $569 million in federal funding from the CARES Act to help schools equip their students and teachers with the resources they need to complete their online-based education. More on the Governor's announcement and the wi-fi hotspot map for Illinois students can be found here.
Please click here to see a full list of recommended resources for learning at home, as well as ways to 'get out of the house' from your living room through virtual tours of some major landmarks and attractions in D.C. and Illinois.
Information for Small Businesses:
For more information on how the latest coronavirus relief package (CARES Act) impacts small businesses, please see the attached PDF here.
For more information on the ‘Small Business Paycheck Protection Program’ that was established through the CARES Act, please see the attached PDF here or visit the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) website for frequently asked questions.