Today’s update includes new information about direct stimulus payments for Social Security recipients as well as new local announcements. Please do not hesitate to call my offices if you have questions.
An Update for Social Security Recipients with Qualifying Dependents
By taking proactive steps to enter information on the IRS website about them and their qualifying children, they will also receive the $500 per dependent child payment in addition to their $1200 individual payment. If recipients do not provide their information to the IRS soon, the $500 payment per qualifying child will be delayed.
Governor Murphy is encouraging New Jerseyans who need a COVID-19 test to use the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel rather than the Paramus location, if possible. Currently, the Holmdel site has more capacity for daily testing.
A field medical station in Atlantic City is expected to open next week.
Governor Murphy has signed a bill into law that allows employees who are caring for family members due to COVID-19 to receive up to 12 weeks of paid family leave in a 24-month period without losing their job.
Over 10,000 out-of-state medical providers are now licensed to offer telemedicine to New Jerseyans.
Bruce Springsteen has announced that he will host a “Jersey 4 Jersey” fundraiser event to benefit the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund on April 22nd at 7 PM. He will be joined by Saquon Barkley, Tony Bennett, Jon Bon Jovi, Danny DeVito, and Whoopi Goldberg. Please check your local listings for more information.
If you have questions about taxes or stimulus checks:
The distribution of federal stimulus checks began this week and will occur automatically with no action required for most people. Adults with annual incomes up to $75,000 will receive $1200, plus another $500 per child. Some Americans earning more than $75,000 would also receive money if they meet certain qualifications.
Social Security beneficiaries who are not typically required to file tax returns will not need to do anything to receive a payment. Instead, payments will be automatically deposited into their bank accounts. Social Security recipients who have qualifying children under age 17 should click here and follow the directions provided by the IRS
to receive the additional $500 payment per dependent faster.
The IRS has established a website to answer other questions about direct stimulus checks to taxpayers and to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the coronavirus. Click here for more information
If you have questions about Small Business Assistance:
Small business owners and nonprofits can now apply for forgivable federal loans through qualified lenders. For more information, click here
. If you plan to apply, do so quickly before funds are exhausted.
If you have questions regarding Unemployment Insurance and paid sick leave:
If you have questions about job opportunities:
If you want to help:
The best thing we can do during this difficult time is to avoid exposure to the virus, stay at home as much as possible, and avoid non-essential travel. If you go outside, please remain at least 6 feet away from other individuals.
If you have medical training and want to help, anyone with qualified medical training can volunteer to help staff the new medical stations in Edison, Atlantic City, and Secaucus. Qualified volunteers can include retired nurses and doctors, nursing and medical students, EMTs and former members of armed services medical corps. For more information or to sign up, go to covid19.nj.gov/volunteer
If you have questions, please do not hesitate to call my offices directly:
Middlesex County: 732-249-8892
Monmouth County: 732-571-1140