Important Tax Filing Deadline Update

Important Tax Filing Deadline Update

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Greetings,

As we continue to address the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan and across the country, I want to keep you updated about the resources available to you and the actions being taken at the federal level that may benefit you during this difficult time.

Yesterday, the IRS announced that for most Americans, the deadline to pay federal income taxes will be delayed until July 15. You can read the announcement hereRemember: You still must file your return (or file for an extension) by April 15, as usual. But if you are an individual that owes less than $1 million, or a corporation that owes less than $10 million, you can delay tax payment until July 15.

If disruptions from COVID-19 prevent you from filing by April 15, you may apply for an automatic six-month extension for any reason, just like every year. You can learn more about applying for a filing extension here.

The IRS has also created a page dedicated to outlining their efforts to help taxpayers, businesses, and others affected by the coronavirus. You can visit this page, which will be updated as new information becomes available, here.

My staff and I will continue to work with officials at every level of government to ensure that everyone in Michigan is protected and well informed. If you have further questions, please feel free to reach out to my office at (517) 993-0510 for more information.

If you want to learn more about my work in the U.S. House of Representatives, please visit my website, where you can sign up for my e-newsletter. You can find regular updates on my social media pages by “following” me on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram, which you can do by clicking on the icons below.

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Elissa Slotkin
Member of Congress

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Lake Orion Schools: Food for Kids, Low Cost Internet

From The Lake Orion Community Schools

FOOD DISTRIBUTION

LOCS established a food distribution plan for all children 18 years old and younger, regardless of their school or the community where they live. Meals will be available Monday, Wednesday and Fridays from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at the CERC Building (455 E. Scripps Road) and Carpenter Elementary (2290 Flintridge.)

The distribution will begin this Wednesday, March 18.

Packaged breakfast and lunch will be available for enough days until the next pick-up appointment. Parents may pick up meals for their children, without the children present.

A flyer detailing the pickup details is available at LakeOrionSchools.org/FoodService.

WIRELESS CONNECTIVITY

With many residents remaining home as they practice social distancing, Internet access remains a priority.

Comcast shared information on Monday, with a few offers.

From the press release: Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi. Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots, and then launch a browser.

New customers will receive 60 days of complimentary Internet Essentials service, which is normally available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month.

Slotkin: Tele-Townhall 6,000 Participated

Slotkin: Tele-Townhall 6,000 Participated

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Greetings,

Last night we held a large tele-townhall with over 6,000 residents across the 8th district with Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist, and Elizabeth Hertel, from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, to discuss the latest updates on the coronavirus and to take your questions. We will be holding regular tele-townhalls in the coming weeks, so stay tuned.

With a growing number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Michigan, I want to make sure that you are aware of the resources that are available to Michigan businesses, families, and workers as we continue to respond to this crisis. My goal is to ensure that you are able to benefit from the community resources available to you and your family during this difficult time.

Included below is information related to local health departments, unemployment assistance, information for seniors, small business assistance, tax filing deadline extensions and consumer protections. You can also find this information (and more) on my website. Please feel free to call my office (517-993-0510) Monday through Friday from 9AM – 5PM with any questions. We are teleworking, but definitely working!

Health Concerns

If you have health questions about the coronavirus call the Michigan COVID-19 hotline at 1-888-535-6136.

If you are concerned that you may have contracted COVID-19 you should first call your healthcare provider. It is recommended that you start with a call, not an in-person visit. If you do not have a healthcare provider, call your local urgent care center or, if you live in Oakland county, the county health department, which maintains a nurse on call from 8 am to 8 pm. They can be reached at 800-848-5533.

Unemployment Assistance

If you lose your job during the coronavirus outbreak, you can apply for unemployment assistance here. You can find a full, step-by-step guide to doing so here. The Governor has implemented a number of changes to Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance rules to ensure that they are better able to benefit Michigan workers and families during the coronavirus outbreak. Most importantly, she extended unemployment benefits from 20 weeks to 26 weeks. If you believe you may be eligible for unemployment assistance, I encourage you to learn more about the program.

Assistance for Seniors

A number of resources are dedicated to serving seniors in our district. If you live in Livingston or Oakland County, you can contact the Area Agency on Aging at 800-856-7795 or by visiting them online here. If you are a senior living in Ingham County, you can contact the Tri-County Office on Aging at 517-887-11440 or by visiting them online here. Both agencies can connect seniors with Meals on Wheels, among other services.

Small Business Assistance 

Yesterday, Governor Whitmer formally requested the U.S. Small Business Administration to issue an Economic Injury Disaster declaration for Michigan. When approved, an SBA Economic Injury Disaster declaration will make disaster loans of up to $2 million available to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.

In the interim, small businesses that could benefit from SBA loans are encouraged to start collecting the information they’ll need to complete and submit their application. Examples of information needed can be found here. For additional information or to obtain help preparing the loan application in advance of the declaration, please contact the Michigan SBA offices in Detroit or Grand Rapids.

Separately, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s (MEDC) call center stands ready to support businesses looking for assistance through other available state programs. For more information, visit MEDC’s website or call 888-522-0103. The Michigan Small Business Development Center can also provide resources for small businesses impacted by COVID-19. For additional information, please visit their website here.

I am holding a Virtual Business Summit with small businesses that have been impacted by the coronavirus on Friday, March 20 at 1:00PM. As Congress develops legislation that will address the economic impact of this crisis, we want to hear directly from you. To register click here

Tax Filing Deadline

Yesterday, U.S.Treasury Secretary Mnuchin announced that the U.S. government will postpone the April 15  federal tax-payment deadline for millions of individuals, giving Americans an additional 90 days to pay their 2019 federal income-tax bills. The delay is available to people who owe $1 million or less and corporations that owe $10 million or less. While details are still yet to come, please check the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) coronavirus page for updates here.

Consumer Protection 

The Governor issued an executive order on March 15 to protect consumers against price gouging during the crisis. You can report potential price-gouging to the Michigan Attorney General online or by calling 877-765-8388.

If you want to learn more about my work in the U.S. House of Representatives, please visit my website, where you can sign up for my e-newsletter. You can find regular updates on my social media pages by “following” me on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram, which you can do by clicking on the icons below. If you have further questions, please feel free to reach out to my office at (517) 993-0510 for more information. My staff and I will continue to work with officials at every level of government to ensure that everyone in Michigan is protected and well informed.

Sincerely,
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Elissa Slotkin
Member of Congress

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