What the CARES Act means to you

Last updated: July 13, 2024
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You may have heard of a $1,200 check from the government because of Coronavirus. That is the CARES Act, or the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. While the bill has a lot to it, we’d like to share some information about what that means to you as an individual and how it may impact your unemployment benefits.

Here's what you should know about the Coronavirus relief bill

New and extended unemployment benefits

  • Unemployment insurance payments to individuals will increase by $600 per week (for the first 4 months)
  • In most states, benefits will be extended from 26 to 39 weeks
  • Contract, freelance, gig, self-employed, partially-employed and non-traditional workers will now be eligible for unemployment benefits
  • If you're unemployed or Coronavirus has impacted your work, start the 5 step process now or visit the Unemployment Resource Center

Grant or 'stimulus' money for individuals

  • You must have a social security (or a tax identification) number to qualify for a relief payment
  • You will not have to apply to receive payment, the IRS will mail a check (or direct deposit) if you qualify
  • Payments will likely be issued ~mid-April
  • If you made $75,000 or less on your 2019 taxes (2018 return if you haven’t filed yet) you will qualify for a $1,200 one-time payment
  • If you made more than $75,000, the payment will be less; and if you made more than $99,000, you will not receive the grant
  • If you have children under the age of 17, you will receive an additional payment of $500 for each child
  • If you are not typically required to file a tax return (low income, veterans, disability, etc.) go to the IRS: Non-filers enter payment info here so you can get paid!

Getting paid Coronavirus money

The IRS has published how it plans to pay you Coronavirus grant money if you're eligible

  • You will get paid economic impact money by direct deposit if you have filed 2019 (or 2018) taxes and provided the IRS your bank account info
  • If you have filed your 2019 (or 2018) tax return, but the IRS does NOT have your bank account info, go to the IRS: Get My Payment to update your information

Check out this article if you think you qualified and haven't received your money.

Tips for getting stimulus money

** Tip 1: Keep your information with the IRS current**

  • A correct mailing address or bank information is critical for a timely payment
  • File your tax return

Tip 2: Be patient

  • The bill was signed into law on March 27 2020, so it will take time for state governments to catch up
  • There were a number of changes due to the CARES act that impact unemployment, and many state governments are scrambling to adjust their unemployment insurance processes

Tip 3: Share what you know

  • The right information (at the right time) has the potential to really help

Remember, we are all in this together!

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Johnny Adams
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I been taking care of my mom for whole year but looking for work can I file a claim

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Joyce Lopiccola
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IN IL, IDES agents are saying that exhausted claimants are not eligible. Been unemployed for over a year, recently exhausted benefits in Nov. Is this true? Exhausted claimants are not eligible for the PEUC extended 11 weeks, when all we received were the 13 weeks? EB are state funds, I'm referring to PEUC, program I was on prior to the EB program

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I've been on Disability in CA due to a full knee replacement and stopped receiving my money? I'm not sure what to do? It's been 3 months since my surgery and I'm not feeling 100% but trying to find employment anyhow. Can you advise me on how I should proceed?

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Scott Batterson
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As a child care provider, due to covid i have lost many children under my care but still work 40+ hrs a week. So my wage has significantly been reduce. Can I file and collect to make up the difference?

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I haven't worked in 2018 or 2019 as I was in prison and released in April of this year. I could really use some financial assistance as I try to rebuild my life. Do I still need to file for those year's

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Mohammad Basir Ansari
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I am new immigrant I arrived to US on 16-Mar-20 it means that I didn’t fill tax for 2019 also due to Covid-19 I couldn’t get social security number but we are family four do we are eligible for this impact since we also can’t get job and do nothing due to Covid-19?

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Hi my name is Pona T. Ala and I live I Kent, WA....I'm emailing on behalf of my daughter. She has been laid off from her job due to Covid19 and she applied for unemployment right after, beginning of April. She was denied but she reapplied, long store short, they asked for more information and she has been putting in claims every week. Up till today no word but still pending and she doesn't know if that's good news or what....need help please if someone can help us. Thank you and hope to hear from someone asap.

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Courtney Oliphant
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I applied for unemployment & has been showing pending when checking status. Now says I never applied & wants me to redo steps to apply

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Shannon Nolan
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Can I receive partial unemployment if I am making less wages than I did because of Covid 19?

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anmar noor
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I mailed my tax for 2019 and I s still haven’t recieved thing since March if you know how to help please let me know

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