Washington, DC: Part of the $2.2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package signed by President Trump on March 27 is an emergency universal income payment of $1,200 for most every adult who makes under $75,000 a year.
Based on 2019 tax filings, individuals who earn up to $75,000 a year are eligible for a full $1,200 check. Prorated checks will go out to those making up to $99,000 a year, with the payment decreasing by $5 for every $100 in income above $75,000, explains Wall St Journal.
Married couples are eligible for a check of $2,400, as long as adjusted gross income is less than $150,000 a year. Married couples will also receive $500 for every child under 17, while parents who file as a “head of household” — a tax status usually reserved for single parents — are eligible for the $500 per child under 17 as well, and can receive the $1,200 check if they earn less than $112,500 a year.
While Americans with Social Security numbers do not need to apply to receive the payments, the IRS needs to already have bank-account information on file in order to send out cash via direct deposit. For those who have not received tax refunds via direct deposit, the check will be mailed out. On Sunday Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said that the direct-deposit payments would be delivered “within three weeks.” For those who do not have bank information on file with the agency, Secretary Mnuchin said that the Treasury Department will “create a web-based system for people where we don’t have their direct deposit they can upload it, so that they can get the money immediately as opposed to checks in the mail.”
If people have not filed a 2019 return, their eligibility will be based upon information from 2018.
Senator Kevin Thomas makes online “COVID-19 Community Resource Page” available to residents
Garden City, NY: The Office of Senator Kevin Thomas has assembled a COVID-19 Community Information & Resource Guide to provide residents with accurate, up-to-date information on the COVID-19 outbreak and actions being taken at state, local, and federal levels. The guide, which is continuously updated, includes a range of topics, including COVID-19 testing information, guidance for seniors, school meal availability, loan guidance and resources for small businesses, employment protection assistance, volunteer opportunities, and more. The page can be accessed online at: nysenate.gov/coronavirusresources.
Senator Kevin Thomas represents New York’s 6th Senatorial District in Nassau County. He presently serves as Chair of the Committee on Consumer Protection.