COVID-19 State and Federal Response Update: March 30, 2020
The City of Springboro is committed to sharing the latest information with you regarding local, state and federal response to COVID-19.
On March 27, 2020, Gov. Mike DeWine signed House Bill 197 which provides emergency relief to Ohioans during the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill:
- Waives state testing requirements for school children this year
- Extends professional licenses for those who cannot get them renewed
- Allows local governments to hold public meetings remotely and with transparency
- Extends the income tax deadline to July 15, 2020
- Extends absentee voting by mail until April 28, 2020
- Provides funding for small businesses, such as day cares and services for the disabled
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FEDERAL RESPONSE: Assistance to Individuals and Families
Direct payments to individuals
- Provides for recovery rebates of up to $1200 for US taxpayers, payable through an advance refundable tax credit. Amounts are increased by $500 for each child.
- Amounts are phased out for taxpayers making greater than $75,000 ($150,000 for joint filers)
- $75,000 income - $1200 rebate
- $80,000 income - $950 rebate
- $85,000 income - $700 rebate
- $90,000 income - $450 rebate
- $95,000 income - $200 rebate
- $99,000 income - $0 rebate
Expanded Unemployment Compensation: Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
- Provides unemployment benefits to those who do not qualify for regular unemployment benefits
- gig workers
- independent contractors
- part-time workers and those with limited work histories
- Provides an emergency increase in unemployment compensation that will add an additional $600 weekly until July 31, 2020
- Provides an additional 13 weeks of federally-funded unemployment compensation to those who have exhausted their state benefits – available through December 31, 2020
Family Leave Benefits
- Expands Family and Medical Leave Act to provide 12 weeks of job-protected leave for employees who must care for a child due to school closing, for quarantine or to take care of a family member in quarantine
- The first 10 days are unpaid and after 10 days the employee would receive payments of at least 2/3 of average pay up to a maximum of $200 per day and $10,000 in total.
This would apply to businesses with fewer than 500 employees and government employers. The businesses are eligible for a refundable tax credit of 100% of family leave wages paid against the employer portion of social security taxes.
Paid Sick Leave
- Requires government employers and employers with 500 or fewer employers to provide paid sick leave to employees who are:
- subject to federal, state or local quarantine or isolation orders
- self-quarantining because of symptoms or recommendation from a health care provider
- taking care of family who has symptoms or has to quarantine
- caring for a child whose school or day care has closed
Full time employees are entitled to 80 hours and part time employees are entitled to average hours over a two-week period. The businesses are eligible for a refundable tax credit equal to 100% of qualified paid sick leave taken against the employer portion of Social Security taxes.
Waiver of Penalty for Early Withdrawals
- The 10% tax for premature distributions of up to $100,000 from retirement plans is waived for withdrawals related to coronavirus.
- Relaxes limitations on charitable contributions by allowing up to $300 of cash contributions, whether or not taxpayer itemizes.
City of Springboro: https://www.cityofspringboro.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=88
Ohio Department of Health: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/
Warren County Health District: http://warrenchd.com/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov
Centers For Disease Control (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
Springboro Community Assistance Center (SCAC): http://springborocommunityassistance.org/
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