National Updates

Federal Relief 

Talks to secure nearly $2T in financial relief continue after a second attempt at passage failed in the U.S. Senate. COA will keep you updated on the progress of the bill NPR Information on the Relief Package

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Tax Deadline Extended 

The Secretary of the Treasury, Steve Mnuchin, announced Friday that federal income-tax returns that would otherwise be due on April 15 can be put on hold until July 15 without taxpayers having to submit extension requests to the Internal Revenue Service.  

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Stimulus Bill Stalls  

A third stimulus bill considered by the US Congress during the past week has stalled in the Senate. This $1.8 trillion bill would help stimulate the economy by providing checks to individuals, a pool of money for loans and loan guarantees, enhanced unemployment insurance benefits for those who lose jobs as a result of the coronavirus,  and new money for hospitals and other medical facilities that could amount to about $110 billion. 

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Press Conference on March 19

President Trump held a press conference Thursday detailing some of the increased action being taken by various agencies. It was again implored that all elective procedures be curtailed and that success will rely on all of us adhering to 15 days of social distancing.

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Congress passed Paid Leave Help

President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act that guarantees 10 paid sick days (80 hours) to full-time workers, prorated for part-time workers and temporarily extends the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to provide paid leave to employees working for a business with fewer than 500 employees. It does not apply to employers with fewer than 50 employees. COA realizes this is complex and we will have details posted on our web site when available. Read more