Employment and Financial Resources During COVID-19
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities issued a statement on June 11, 2020 stating, "About 12 million Americans risk missing out on their stimulus payments because they must file a form by October 15 to receive it. To receive the payment this year, these individuals must provide their information to the IRS no later than October 15 through either a 2019 tax return or the IRS “Non-Filer” tool, a simplified online form for people not required to file a tax return." Click here to access the IRS "Non-Filer" tool.
COVID-19 Stimulus Check FAQs was written by Lone Star Legal Aid and Texas Legal Services Center. Also review Lone Star Legal Aid's COVID-19 Economic Stimulus Payments: Advice for Attorneys to Give to Clients, Based on a Client Situation for additional information.
For the most updated information, please review the IRS's FAQs on Economic impact payments: What you need to know. The IRS issues warning about COVID 19-related scams. Watch out for scams tied to your stimulus payments.
Texas RioGrande Legal Aid also provides information on:
Also, watch this video by Lone Star Legal Aid's Low Income Taxpayer Clinic on COVID-19 Economic Stimulus Payment and Tax Information.
Read COVID-19 Unemployment Benefits to learn about unemployment benefits during this COVID-19 crisis.
The Texas Workforce Commission has information here regarding unemployment benefits. Although you normally have to look for work when receiving unemployment, that requirement has been temporarily paused (as of June 30, 2020). However, as of Novemeber 1, 2020, the requirement has been reinstated. Visit the Texas Workforce Commission web site for the latest.
Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas has created the following to assist with unemployment benefits:
- presentation on applying for unemployment benefits, and
- FAQ video providing important information on unemployment benefits during the COVID outbreak. You can watch it here.
Texas RioGrande Legal Aid has written two articles about unemployment benefits. Click here to read their FAQs on unemployment benefits and here to learn more about unemployment benefits if you lose your job due to COVID-19.
TexasLawHelp has the following information on the Family First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which provides paid leave due to COVID-19, here.
Disability Rights has developed a FAQ addressing workplace disability discrimination issues during the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, read Disability Discrimination at Work Now That COVID-19 is Here.
For information regarding wills and estate planning, TexasLawHelp has the following resources here.
- Estate Planning for Police, Fire, and Medical Personnel (Dallas Bar Association)
- Handwritten Wills Checklist
- Do-It-Yourself Guide for Handwritten Wills
For more information about assistance for small businesses, read COVID-19 Small Business Loans and Other Resources.
Also, review this Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
- Paycheck Protection Program
- Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance
- SBA Express Bridge Loans
- SBA Debt Relief
For information regarding bankruptcy, TexasLawHelp has the following resources here. Also see:
- About Bankruptcy and COVID-19
- Bankruptcy and COVID-10 Stimulus or Recovery Rebate Funds
- Frequently Asked Questions - Bankruptcy written by Tarrant County Bar Association
The National Consumer Law Center has made its Surviving Debt guide available for free during the COVID-19 crisis. It discusses bankruptcy in Chapters 24 and 25.
Texas RioGrande Legal Aid has published a FAQ on COVID-19: Student Loan Relief.
Student loan payment relief has been extended until September 30, 2021 as a result of Covid-19. For more information, go to the U.S. Department of Education's office of Federal Student Aid's Coronavirus and Forbearance Info for Students, Borrowers, and Parents.
COVID-19 has caused much financial hardship. Many people have gone into debt due to businesses having to close. Learn about your options for dealing with housing debt, medical debt, credit card debt, and more here: Debt During COVID-19.