COVID-19 UPDATE: Resources, information, and helpful tips to protect you and your family!

Senator Boscola Holds a Telephone Town Hall to discuss the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Critical Medical Supplies Procurement Portal

A new web portal that will expedite the procurement of critical medical supplies for Pennsylvania’s health care system during the COVID-19 pandemic has been created and developed through a joint effort between the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Health, the Department of General Services, and the Department of Community and Economic Development to source the most needed supplies for medical providers, emergency responders, and health care professionals.

The Portal is for manufacturers, distributors and other suppliers to inform the Commonwealth of supplies available for purchase and will allow us to more quickly and efficiently procure these supplies for hospitals and medical facilities across Pennsylvania.

Currently, the most needed personal professional equipment includes: surgical/procedure masks, N95/N99 Form Fitting Respirators, face masks with integrated shields, Powered Air Purifying Respirators (PAPR), and alcohol-based hand rubs. Needed hospital supplies include: ventilators with PEEP functionality, ventilator circuits, endotracheal tubes, and hospital gowns. Needed lab supplies include: UVT 3 mL with flocked flex minitip and Nasopharyngeal (NP) flocked swabs and viral transport media tubes (1-3 mL). Needed diagnostic supplies include: Roche MagNA Pure 96 DNA and Viral NA small volume kits, Roche MagNA Pure 96 system fluid and tips, Roche MagNA Pure 96 external lysis buffer, and Biomerieux NuciSENS EasyMAG extraction system and supplies.

Questions on the portal can be directed to the Department of General Services at

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COVID Policies Must Give Restaurants A Fighting Chance

Op-Ed Column by State Senator Lisa Boscola

Imagine a longer-than-anticipated workday that leads to a late dinner with a desire for an adult beverage.  Pre-COVID, this was not only a common occurrence, but also legal with plenty of dining options.  However, in Pennsylvania, it is no longer feasible to enjoy a quick late-night meal while sitting at your favorite bar.  While we have taken great care to protect the citizens of the commonwealth during the pandemic, we also have been inconsistent with the implementation and guidance associated with risk mitigation policies, especially for the restaurant industry.

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Gov. Wolf: Pennsylvania is COVID-19 Prepared with PPE

Governor Tom Wolf announced that Pennsylvania is prepared with a stockpile of personal protective equipment (PPE) now and should it be needed to fight the COVID-19 pandemic in the coming months. PPE includes protective clothing, helmets, gloves, face shields, goggles,...

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Gov. Wolf Thanks House Democrats for Protecting Pennsylvanians

oday, Governor Tom Wolf thanked House Democrats for upholding COVID-19 mitigation measures that protect the health and safety of Pennsylvanians. The governor released the following statement: “I am thankful to the House Democrats for continuing to stand with me and...

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SCI Camp Hill Provides COVID-19 Update

Camp Hill, PA -- State Correctional Institution (SCI) at Camp Hill Superintendent Laurel Harry reported today that a total of 24 employees have reported testing positive for COVID-19, with seven cases remaining active. The prison also reports 22 inmate cases,...

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Gov. Wolf Responds to Federal Court Ruling

Governor Tom Wolf responded to the recent federal court ruling regarding the business closure order and the stay at home orders issued in March, which were later suspended, as well as the 25-person indoor and 250-person outdoor gathering limitations. Watch the...

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What You Need to Know About COVID-19

The Coronavirus was first discovered during an outbreak in Wuhan, China. The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus that causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person-to-person. Symptoms of COVID-19 can include: fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Symptoms often do not appear in a person until 2 to 14 days after exposure.

Prepare Yourself and Your Family

The best way to avoid contracting COVID-19 is by practicing vital social distancing procedures. It is recommended to work remotely and severely limit contact with others.



APRIL 5, 2020 On March 19, 2020, after Governor Wolf issued a Proclamation of Disaster Emergency in response to the novel Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on March 6, 2020, the Governor and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine issued Orders directing all non-life sustaining businesses to cease in-person operations. The Pennsylvania Department of Health (Department) recognizes the importance of blood donation during public health crises and pandemics. The Department has received inquiries requesting additional guidance and clarification regarding blood donation during the COVID-19 outbreak. As life-sustaining businesses, blood banks are eligible to continue operating certain activities under the current “stay at home” Orders and other mitigation efforts ordered by the Governor and Secretary of Health so long as these organizations are open for the sole purpose of blood donation. The Department is providing the below guidance in response.
Use of Space and Eligibility for Blood Drive
Blood banks are authorized to hold blood drives and blood donation events in both lifesustaining and non-life sustaining business locations. Non-life sustaining businesses that allow blood drives at their locations must limit activities to those required to conduct the blood drive and shall not conduct non-life sustaining business. All other business activities of the blood bank must adhere to the Governor’s order for life-sustaining business.
Blood banks should screen potential donors for symptoms of illness, including COVID-19, and consider only healthy individuals for blood donation.
The below guidelines should be followed by the blood bank to ensure safety. This information reinforces routine measures that are currently followed by blood centers, provides additional public health measures, and complements Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Interim Infection Control Guidance on COVID-19 for Personnel at Blood and Plasma Collection Facilities. These measures will help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Infection Control and Environmental Management

• Adhere to routine infection control procedures, including appropriate respiratory hygiene/cough etiquette and sharps handling precautions for preventing the transmission of infectious agents; • Follow hand hygiene guidance to help prevent person-to-person spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses; o Staff and volunteers should regularly wash their hands, including in-between contact with different donors, with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; o If gloves are used, change gloves and cleanse hands between contact with different blood donors;

• Clean and disinfect environmental surfaces in accordance with standard facility protocols after each donor has vacated the station and before setting up for arrival of a new donor at that station; • Regularly clean and sanitize surfaces and equipment that are in high traffic areas, high touch areas and donation spaces.
Screening Staff/Donors and Stay Home When Sick
Educate staff, volunteers, and donors about recognizing symptoms of COVID-19 and infection control measures. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

• Screen all donors, staff, and volunteers before they enter the facility; • The screening process should include asking the individual if they are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 or may have been exposed to an individual who tested positive for COVID-19, in addition to regular screening practices; • A staff person who develops symptoms while at work must cease collection facility activities, notify supervisor, minimize contact with others in facility, and go home promptly; • Implement and reinforce sick leave policies that are non-punitive, flexible, and consistent with public health guidance.

Educate Staff and Maintain Social Distancing

– Maintain social distancing practices by ensuring that all donor spaces are a minimum of six feet apart; this includes beds, waiting areas, and screening areas.
• Adjust the physical configuration of the donor cots during blood collection so that donors are at least 6 feet apart; • Ensure that those in the facility are able to keep at least a 6-foot space between individuals, including limiting access to the facility to smaller numbers if required.

Other Information
This guidance will become effective immediately and continue in effect through the duration of the Governor’s COVID-19 Disaster Emergency Declaration. The Department may update or supplement this guidance as needed. With the Governor’s authorization as conferred in the Disaster Emergency Declaration, all statutory and regulatory provisions that would impose an impediment to implementing the guidance outlined in this letter are suspended. Those suspensions will remain in place while the proclamation of disaster emergency remains in effect 

If you think you have come into contact with someone exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms or are exhibiting them yourself, please follow the instructions on the graphic below:


PA’s Response to COVID-19

During a press conference on March 16, Governor Tom Wolf announced his recommendation to close all non-essential businesses statewide by midnight for two weeks as a matter of public health to mitigate the spread of Coronavirus.

The following types of businesses should temporarily cease regular operations:

  • Community and recreation centers
  • Gyms, including yoga/spin/barre facilities
  • Hair salons, nail salons, and spas
  • Casinos, concert venues, and theaters
  • Bars
  • Sporting events facilities and golf courses
  • Non-essential retail facilities, including shopping malls (except for pharmacy or other health care facilities located therein)
  • Restaurants should close for dine-in services, but may stay open for carry-out and delivery only.
  • Liquor stores. Individuals may still buy wine and beer at grocery stores with PLCB licenses.

Updated Business Waiver Information – BUSINESS EXEMPTION SUBMISSION PERIOD ENDS Friday, April 3, 2020 at 5 p.m.

The Business FAQs can be found on the DCED website at and includes the following revisions:

  • Adds language notifying about the deadline to submit waivers.
  • Car dealership language updated to prohibit leasing in line with letter sent to dealers
  • Adds language on notaries referencing the waiver granted by DOS for certain electronic notary activities and directing to the DOS site on regulations.
  • Adds language prohibiting  in person apartment leasing
  • Garden centers prohibited except for establishments primarily engaged in retailing farm supplies, such as animal (except pet) feed. 
  • Short term rentals prohibited
  • Games of Skill Prohibited

Below is a list of changes the administration has made since the industry operation guidance process started (most recent updates are underlined)

No to Yes 

  • Timber Tract Operations 
  • Forest Nurseries and Local Gathering of Forest Products
  • Logging 
  • Support Activities for Forestry 
  • Coal Mining 
  • Metal Ore Mining 
  • Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 
  • Activities for Mining 
  • Sawmills and Wood Preservation
  • Printing & Related Support Activities
  • Glass and Glass Product Manufacturing
  • Lime and Gypsum Product Manufacturing
  • Specialty Food Stores 
  • Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 
  • Insurance Carriers 
  • Insurance and Employee Benefit Funds
  • Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services
  • Dry-cleaning and Laundry Services 
  • Private Households 
  • Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing
  • Other Wood Product Manufacturing
  • Lumber and Other Construction Materials Merchant Wholesalers

Added Notes But Still No

  • Residential Building Construction – Except emergency repairs permitted
  • Nonresidential Building Construction – Except emergency repairs and construction of health care facilities permitted
  • Utility Subsystem Construction – Except emergency repairs permitted
  • Highway, Street and Bridge Construction – Except emergency repairs permitted
  • Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction – Except emergency repairs permitted
  • Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors – Except emergency repairs permitted
  • Building Equipment Contractors – Except emergency repairs permitted
  • Other Specialty Trade Contractors – Except emergency repairs permitted
  • Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing – Except defense industrial base manufacturing under CISA advisory is permitted
  • Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing – Except defense industrial base manufacturing under CISA advisory is permitted
  • Clothing Stores – Except uniforms and accessories/supplies for public safety and health care professionals
  • Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers – Except pet supplies stores permitted
  • Securities and Commodity Exchanges – Except for financial services under CISA advisory is permitted
  • Securities and Commodity Exchanges – Except for financial services under CISA advisory is permitted
  • Other Financial Investment Activities – Except for financial services under CISA advisory is permitted
  • Legal Services – Except as required to allow attorneys to participate in court functions deemed essential by a president judge per the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s order of March 18, 2020, or similar federal court directive, and lawyers may access their offices to effectuate such functions and directives.
  • Child Day Care Services – No – Except where permeated by waiver 
  • Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools – No – Except for staff to support residence halls where students must remain
  • Elementary and Secondary Schools – No – Except for essential employees
  • Retail trade and health and personal care -No- Except pharmacies permitted
  • Drinking places  -No- Takeout and delivery permitted
  • All subcategories within educational services -No- Refer to PDE guidance:
  • Direct selling establishments -No- Fuel sellers and bottled water sellers permitted
  • Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing -No- added “transportation” as an additional critical infrastructure sector. 
  • Sporting Goods, Hobby, and Musical Instrument Stores -No- Except that firearms dealers may operate physical businesses on a limited basis to complete only the portions of a sale/transfer that must be conducted in-person under the law, subject to the following restrictions:  1) all such sale/transfers will be conducted by individual appointment during limited hours only so as to minimize social interactions and congregating of persons; 2) the dealer will comply with social distancing, sanitization of applicable area between appointments, and other mitigation measures to protect its employees and the public. 
  • Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing -No- Except as authorized under CISA advisory Version 1.1 permitted.
  • Vending Machine Operators -No- Except those serving health care or emergency management facilities permitted
  • Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores -No-  Except establishments primarily engaged in retailing farm supplies, such as animal (except pet) feed. 

No to Yes w/ Notes 

  • Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities – Yes – In-person sales/brokerage are prohibited.
  • preparation and distribution of meals for children
  • Travel Accommodation – Yes – This category includes hotels and motels 
  • Telecommunication Resellers -Yes- Does not include retailers who sell devices at a public location. 

Yes to No w/ Notes 

  • Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services – No – Except veterinary services and translation/interpreter services permitted.
  • Beer, Wine and Liquor Stores – No – Except Beer Distributors 
  • Offices of Dentists -No- Refer to Pennsylvania Department of Health Revised Guidance on COVID-19 for Dental Health Care Personnel in Pennsylvania

Still a yes but without a note now

  • Rooming and Boarding Houses– Yes – “Rooming and Boarding Houses” is no longer on the list 

Still a Yes w/ Notes 

  • Depository Credit Intermediation – Yes – This category includes consumer banks and credit unions using drive-through, ATM, and limited lobby services
  • Services to Building and Dwellings – Yes – This category includes janitorial, pest control,
  • and landscaping services.
  • Personal Household Goods Repairs and Maintenance – Yes- Including motorcycle and bicycle repair (but sales not permitted).
  • Traveler Accommodation -Yes- This category includes hotels and motels, however short term residential rentals are prohibited. 

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced that all branches will be closed for two weeks effective March 16. Due to the shutdown, driver licenses, identification cards, vehicle registrations and safety and emission inspections scheduled to expire on or before March 31, 2020 will now have an extended expiration date  of April 30, 2020. For more information refer to PennDoT’s website.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) announced that cash and credit cards payments are no longer accepted on the PA Turnpike as of March 16 at 8PM to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Customers should not stop at tollbooths. For non-E-ZPass customers, a picture of their license plate will be taken and they will be billed by mail within 30 days until further notice. Invoices can be paid online, by phone, or by mail. For more information on how it works, visit:

Pennsylvania’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) announced the closure of all facilities statewide located in Pennsylvania’s 121 state parks and 20 forest districts. These closures took place on March 17 and will last for 14 days. The public will still be able to access opens spaces like trails, lakes, forests, roads, and parking areas for passive and dispersed recreation, such as hiking.

Closed facilities include:

  • Park and forest offices and visitor centers
  • Restrooms
  • Campgrounds, cabins and all forms of overnight accommodations
  • Public programs, events, and trainings are canceled

To get the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Pennsylvania, be sure to check out the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s daily report.

Unemployment Compensation

If your job has been affected by COVID-19, you may be eligible to receive unemployment compensation benefits. You can apply online to get started.

Please note that the waiting week has been suspended. Eligible claimants may receive benefits for the first week that they are unemployed. Previously, claimants were not eligible for benefits during their first week of unemployment.

Work search and work registration requirements have been temporarily waived for all claimants. Claimants are not required to prove they have applied or searched for a new job to maintain UC benefits. Claimants are also not required to register with PA Career Link.


Important Information


CARES Act Update (4.10.20)

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) is implementing new federal unemployment compensation benefits provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The COVID-19 relief package temporarily provides an additional $600 per week, makes self-employed, independent contractors and gig workers eligible for benefits and extends unemployment compensation (UC) benefits for an additional 13 weeks.

The federal benefits are in addition to Pennsylvania’s regular unemployment benefit, which is about half of a person’s full-time weekly income up to $572 per week for 26 weeks.

Additional $600 Per Week
As part of the CARES Act, unemployment benefits are being expanded to provide an additional $600 per week beginning the week ending April 4, 2020, through the week ending July 25, 2020. This temporary emergency increase in benefits is referred to as the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program.

Today, L&I issued the first $600 payments. All eligible claimants that filed biweekly claims for the week ending April 4 and who received their regular UC payment should expect to see the additional money either Tuesday or Wednesday of next week. For other eligible claimants who have not yet received a regular UC payment, they will receive the extra $600 the week after receiving their first UC payment.

It is very important to note that anyone who currently has federal withholding tax taken out of their benefits will see the same 10% reduction in the FPUC payment, resulting in a $540 payment. For information about changing your withholding election, visit L&I’s Taxes on Benefits page.

The $600 is paid separately from the biweekly UC benefit, and residents do not need to apply.

Visit the department’s FPUC frequently asked questions for more information.

Self-employed, Contractors or Gig Economy Workers
The CARES Act also temporarily makes unemployment compensation available to self-employed, independent contractors, gig economy workers, and others not normally eligible for the benefit. The program is referred to as Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). These workers cannot apply through the department’s UC online system at this time. The U.S. Department of Labor requires that PUA be tracked separately from regular UC. For this reason, Pennsylvania must build a new online platform to process PUA benefits.

Eligible individuals should be able to start applying for PUA benefits within the next two weeks. Eligible claimants will receive backdated payments to January 27, 2020, or the first week they were unable to work due to COVID-19, whichever of the two dates is later. The PUA benefit will end December 31, 2020. The department will announce when the PUA benefit application is available.

Visit L&I’s PUA frequently asked questions for more information.

13-Week Benefit Extension
The CARES Act provides an additional 13 weeks of unemployment compensation, including for workers who exhaust their regular unemployment benefits. Claimants will be eligible for Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) from the week beginning March 29, 2020, through the end of the year. The department is awaiting additional federal guidance about the program and will provide an update when information is available.

Additional Information for workers impacted by COVID-19:




If you opened your claim between March 15 and March 21: We are working quickly to mail a PIN to you so you can file for benefits starting Sunday, March 29, 2020.  If you do not receive your PIN by Saturday, March 28, please remember that you may file any day through Friday, April 3, 2020.  If you do not receive your PIN in time for you to file by April 3, we will make accommodations for filing and will update these instructions, accordingly.
If you opened your claim between March 22 and March 28: Your first day to file will be Sunday, April 5, 2020. We will update these instructions, accordingly, as we monitor our progress with mail processing.  

For All New Claims: Mailing PINs is a top priority, so you may not have received your financial determination yet.  When you do receive your financial determination and if you detect an error, you may file an appeal at that time.  We are processing all documents as quickly as possible and appreciate your patience during this evolving situation. 

For Reopened Claims: If you reopened your claim since March 13, 2020, you may try filing your biweekly claims and receive a message that your claim is not active.  Please try again each day.  We are working to get claims reactivated as quickly as possible.  If your filing window expires (after Friday) and you still could not successfully file, we will make any older weeks available for filing once we reactivate your claim.   

Once you receive your PIN and instructions, file your biweekly claim via phone at: 1-888-255-4728 or online at

Payments are submitted to you on either the Reliacard (debit card) that was sent when you filed your initial claim, or via direct deposit to your bank account.

Check Claim Status Online
Before calling or emailing L&I, you can check your payment status at:

Payment Funds Schedule
If you file your biweekly claim on:

  • Sunday OR Monday = funds available by Wednesday
  • Tuesday = funds available by Thursday
  • Wednesday = funds available on Friday 
  • Thursday = funds available on Saturday
  • Friday = funds available on the following Monday

Note: Payments may be delayed if there is an eligibility issue that must be resolved before payment can be made.

Please answer our calls
You will see COPA on the caller ID when we call you. By answering our call, you will help in getting your claim processed faster.

Note: Being confined to home does not necessarily mean you are not available to accept work. If you plan on returning to your employer after the COVID-19 restrictions are over, or you could work from home if requested, you are Available.  You are Able to work if you are mentally and physically capable of performing a job for which a labor market exists.

Please see the latest update on the Status of Claims Processing by visiting:




Good news! The IRS & Pennsylvania Department of Revenue have agreed to extend the tax filing deadline for 90 days. The new deadline to submit taxes has been pushed back July 15. The PA Department of Revenue is happy to assist you with any questions you have via their online portal.

Extension of Filing Deadline Applies to Trusts/Estates, Partnerships and S Corporations

Due Date for Certain Corporation Returns Also Being Moved

The due date of certain personal income tax returns and payments, as well as waiving certain other income tax dates have been extended. The Department of Revenue also announced today it is extending the due date for corporations with tax returns due in May to August 14, 2020.  

Act 10 of 2020 specifically provides for the extension of the following tax filing deadlines:

  • Extends the deadline to July 15, 2020 for declarations of estimated personal income tax.
  • Extends the deadline to July 15, 2020 for payments of estimated personal income tax.
  • Extends the deadline to July 15, 2020 for the filing of informational returns related to Pennsylvania S corporations and partnerships (Form PA-20S/PA-65), and estates and trusts (Form PA-41).
  • Extends the filing date by three months for certain information returns (1099-R, 1099-MISC, and W2-G).  

In addition to the due dates changed by Act 10 of 2020, the federal due date for calendar year corporation returns that is normally April 15 has been moved back to July 15. As a result, the due date for corporations with Pennsylvania returns and payments due on May 15 is now August 14. There is no extension for the June 15 estimated payment due date for corporations.

In addition to the dates extended by Act 10 of 2020, the department is extending the due date for non-resident withholding and partnership corporate net income tax withholding payments to July 15.

Here is additional guidance (applies to Calendar Year only):


Federal Form

PA Form

Original Federal Due Date

New Federal Due Date

Original PA Due Date

New PA Due Date



PA 20S/PA-65

March 15

March 15

April 15

July 15

S Corporations



March 15

March 15

April 15

July 15




April 15

July 15

April 15

July 15




April 15

July 15

April 15

July 15




April 15

July 15

May 15

August 14


Note: There are no additional extensions for fiscal year filers (taxpayers with a tax year other than January to December).

The department is issuing this guidance for taxpayers after announcing the extension of the filing deadline to July 15, 2020 for taxpayers to file their 2019 Pennsylvania personal income tax returns and payments. The extension gave taxpayers an additional 90 days to file from the original deadline of April 15 as the commonwealth takes steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Extension of Deadline for Local Taxes

Act 10 of 2020 also extends the deadline for the filing of 2019 local tax returns and payments to July 15, 2020. The Department of Revenue does not administer local taxes, so additional questions should be directed to the taxpayer’s local taxing office. Visit the Department of Community and Economic Development’s web page on Local Income Tax Collectors by Tax Collection District.

As part of the effort to help businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Tom Wolf today announced businesses that collect Pennsylvania sales tax will not have to make Accelerated Sales Tax (AST) prepayments over the next three months. That means businesses that normally have a monthly prepayment requirement will not be charged penalties for missing the prepayment deadline during this three-month period.

Under normal circumstances, certain business taxpayers are required to make monthly sales tax prepayments to the commonwealth if their actual tax liability is more than $25,000 during the third quarter of the preceding year. The Department of Revenue is waiving the prepayment requirement in April, May and June of 2020 to help business owners with cash flow during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Under this new scenario, the department is asking businesses to simply remit the sales tax that they collected during the prior month. The due dates to remit sales tax will be April 20, May 20 and June 22, which follows the standard due dates for monthly filers who have no prepayment requirement.

Visit the Department of Revenue’s page on Accelerated Sales Tax Prepayments for more information on prepayments.

All businesses are encouraged to remit online using e-TIDES, the department’s online tax system for businesses. Find the REV-819 on the department’s website for a schedule of return and prepayment due dates.

Taxpayer Service and Assistance

In addition to the waiver of Accelerated Sales Tax prepayments, the Department of Revenue also has:

With the department’s call centers closed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, taxpayers seeking assistance are encouraged to use the department’s Online Customer Service Center, available at You can use this resource to electronically submit a question to a department representative. The department representative will be able to respond through a secure, electronic process that is similar to receiving an email. Additionally, the Online Customer Service Center includes thousands of answers to common tax-related questions.

Find Alerts From Revenue Online

Taxpayers and tax professionals are encouraged to visit the Department of Revenue’s COVID-19 information page on for additional guidance and updates on department operations. You can also visit the department’s pages on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn for real time updates.

Visit the commonwealth’s Responding to COVID-19 guide for the latest guidance and resources for Pennsylvanians or the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s dedicated coronavirus webpage for the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19.

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Find Alerts From Revenue Online

Taxpayers and tax professionals are encouraged to visit the Department of Revenue’s COVID-19 information page on for additional guidance and updates on department operations. You can also visit the department’s pages on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn for real time updates.

With the department’s call centers closed due to the mitigation efforts to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, taxpayers are encouraged to use the department’s Online Customer Service Center, available at You can use this resource to electronically submit a question to a department representative. The department representative will be able to respond through a secure, electronic process that is similar to receiving an email. Additionally, the Online Customer Service Center includes thousands of answers to common tax-related questions. Free tax forms and instructions are also available at

Click the graphic below to be taken to their online portal and FAQ page:

PennDOT/Real ID Updtes

All Driver License Centers and Photo License Centers in Pennsylvania will be closed for two weeks effective Monday, March 16. All driver licenses, photo ID cards, disability parking placards, vehicle registrations, and vehicle inspections scheduled to expire between March 16 and March 31, 2020 will be extended until April 30, 2020.

Customers may complete various transactions and access multiple resources via

Driver and vehicle online services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and include driver’s license, photo ID and vehicle registration renewals; driver-history services; changes of address; driver license and vehicle registration restoration letters; ability to pay driver license or vehicle insurance restoration fee; driver license and photo ID duplicates; and driver exam scheduling. There are no additional fees for using online services.

Federal REAL ID Enforcement Deadline Postponed to October 2021

The Department of Homeland Security has postponed the enforcement date for REAL ID from October 1, 2020, to October 1, 2021, in response to COVID-19 and the national emergency declaration.

PennDOT closed all driver and photo license centers on March 16 and paused REAL ID issuance in the state out of an abundance of caution and in the interest of public health. Centers will reopen no sooner than April 3. PennDOT also sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, requesting that the agency consider extending the October 1, 2020 REAL ID enforcement deadline.

REAL ID is a federal law that affects how states issue driver’s licenses and ID cards if they are going to be acceptable for federal purposes. A federally-acceptable form of identification (whether it’s a Pennsylvania REAL ID driver’s license or ID card, a valid U.S. Passport/Passport Card, a military ID, etc.) must now be used on and after October 1, 2021, as identification to board a commercial flight or visit a secure federal building that requires a federally acceptable form of identification ID for access.

REAL ID is optional in Pennsylvania. There is no requirement that any resident obtain a REAL ID; PennDOT will continue to offer standard-issue driver’s licenses and photo IDs once issuance has resumed.

More information about document requirements, including a printable document checklist, can be found on the Document Check page of the PennDOT Driver and Vehicle Services website.

Small Business Assistance

Small businesses are the backbone of our Commonwealth and this nation!

Do you have a business in the Lehigh Valley?  The Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation(LVEDC) wants to hear from YOU! LVEDC is conducting a survey to assess the impacts of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on local business to determine how they can best assist – to participate, CLICK HERE. Furthermore, if you have any questions and do not know who to reach out to regarding your business send an email to:

Small Business Loan: The Federal Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) are working to provide Disaster Assistance Loans for Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Small Business Disaster Loan Assistance (SBA)

The U.S. Small Business Administration, in addition to local funding partners, may also be a source of assistance for affected businesses with funding opportunities up to $2 million. Learn more on how to apply here.

The Small Business Administration has just opened their applications for Disaster Loan Assistance. Small businesses can apply at

SBA disaster loans offer an affordable way for individuals and businesses to recover from declared disasters. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses without credit available elsewhere; businesses with credit available elsewhere are not eligible. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%.  As a small business, small agricultural cooperative, small business engaged in aquaculture, or private non-profit organization you may borrow up to $2 million for Economic Injury. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email for more information on SBA disaster assistance.

For questions, please call SBA Call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail (link sends e-mail).


As a small business, are you eligible for the COVID-19 loan under the “Paycheck Protection Package”?

The “Paycheck Protection Program” was created to help small businesses weather the economic uncertainty resulting from the pandemic.  This $349 billion lending program provides loans that are 100 percent guaranteed by the U.S. government for small businesses.  The loans must be used to retain workers, maintain payroll, make mortgage or lease payments or pay utilities. 

The borrower will have a portion of their loan forgiven in the amount equal to payroll costs (not including costs for compensation above $100,000 annually), interest payments on mortgages, rent payments and utility payments between Feb. 15 and June 30, 2020. 

The U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship has developed a FAQ document to help small businesses learn more about the program.  That document can be found here.

To apply for a loan:  Paycheck Protection Package


A new federal stimulus program passed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic allowing volunteer fire companies to apply for the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) and Paycheck Protection Loans (PPP).  At this time, I am strongly urging all volunteer fire departments to check out these programs and seek federal help during this very difficult time, if need be.

VFD assistance from the federal stimulus will allow qualifying volunteer fire companies to apply for EIDL and PPP loans with funds that will be made available very quickly.  Qualifying volunteer organizations that pay firefighters can also access federal funds through the PPP. Under this program, loans will be forgiven if employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the funds are used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest or utilities.

EIDL loans can provide up to $2 million in working capital with emergency grants immediately available. An advance of $10,000 for volunteer fire companies organized as IRC 501 (c) (3) of IRC 501 (c) 4 can be accessed within three days of application. Organizations applying for funding will not be required to repay the funds, even if a loan application is ultimately rejected.

Additional information can be found at


Protect Yourself

Medical Costs

As of March 9, the Governor announced that all major health insurers in Pennsylvania have agreed to cover “medically appropriate” COVID-19 testing and treatment.

The 10 major insurers are:

For anyone with questions about their insurance policy, please contact your insurer or the Pennsylvania State Insurance Department with questions. They can also be reached at (877) 881-6388.

Remote Medical Attention and Care

Health officials are urging people who have symptoms to stay home and contact their doctor remotely rather than opting for an in-person visit. Nearly all major health systems offer some form of virtual visits and assistance. Some insurers do, too. People interested in a specific virtual visit should check to see what illnesses it can be used for. Be sure to reach out to your insurance provider to verify this service is covered with your plan.

Here’s an brief overview of virtual visit services offered to local residents:

Capital BlueCross – is offering free medical Virtual Care visits for members who currently have the Virtual Care benefit.  The waiving of fees will be effective March 13 through April 15, 2020.

Highmark – is providing many of their members with a virtual clinic visit service. Any fees related to COVID-19 will be waived.

UPMC Pinnacle – is welcoming Online Video Visits for those experience flu like symptoms or just in need of a follow-up appointment.  Video visits are available through the MyPinnacleHealth portal for $49.

WellSpan Health – WellSpan Online Urgent Care offers a video visits with Teladoc physicians for patients 3 months and older for their standard fee of $49.

CALLING ALL PSYCHOLOGIST! Things may be picking up for you at this time, so we want to make sure you are covered too. Here are some COVID-19 resources on how to best protect yourself and serve your patients from the Pennsylvania Psychologist Association.


Feeding Kids During COVID-19: Emergency Grants and Updated Resources 

No Kid Hungry is offering real-time emergency grant funding to schools and community organizations that are making sure kids have access to the meals they need as schools close due to coronavirus. The need is devastating; we received thousands of requests for grants in the first few days, and heard heart-breaking stories. To date, they have awarded more than $3.9 million in grants to 147 organizations across 40 states and DC. 

No Kid Hungry is providing millions of dollars in additional grants in the coming weeks for schools and local non-profits in our communities that could benefit from this program to continue providing critical nutrition assistance.  For additional information on the program and application process, please CLICK HERE.  


Utilities Update

No one’s utilities are legally going to be turned off as long as Governor Tom Wolf’s proclamation of disaster related to the coronavirus is in effect. Terminations would only be permitted in the event of a safety emergency.

An emergency order is only ordered when there is a “clear and present danger to life or property or when the relief requested is uncontested and action is required prior to the next scheduled public meeting,” according to the commission’s regulations governing emergency relief.

*Be sure to check with your utilities provider to see how they can best accommodate your needs!

School Districts & Post-Secondary Education

Governor Tom Wolf announced that all K-12 Pennsylvania schools will be closed through April 6, 2020.

**No school district will be penalized if it fails to meet the 180 day or school hours requirements.**

Additionally, the Pennsylvania Department of Education announced that it received a waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to allow eligible schools to serve meals to low income students in a non-congregate setting, such as a drive-through or grab and go, during this closure.

For more guidance and a complete list of resources provided for school communities, be sure to read the information provided on the by the PA Department of Education. 

Continuity of Education Equity Grant (CEEG) application is now live in eGrants. 

Applicants may apply for one of two types of grants:

  • Systemic Continuity of Education Equity Grant – LEAs eligible for systemic grants are those where more than 10% of students across the LEA are unable to participate in continuity of education. LEAs that do not currently have a continuity of education plan are highly encouraged to apply for a systemic grant.
  • Student Group Continuity of Education Equity Grant – LEAs eligible for student group grants are those where more than 5% of students in a student group are unable to participate in continuity of education. 

The following entities are eligible for a CEEG:

  • Pennsylvania school districts, comprehensive Career & Technical Centers (CTCs), charter schools, and student programs run by Intermediate Units are eligible to apply individual applicants or as a consortium.
  • Part-time CTCs are eligible to apply as part of a consortium with their local districts.
  • If applying as a consortium, all consortium members must be eligible entities as defined above and meet the established threshold for the type of grant for which the consortium is applying. The consortium lead may be an Intermediate Unit. 

Grant funding may be used for any of the following:

  • Digital technology purchases, such as laptops, tablets, or hot spots;
  • Non-digital purchases, such as paper, postage, or transportation of materials;
  • Low technology, high technology, and no technology accommodations that increase student access and participation in continuity of education. 

 Continuity of Education Equity Grant (CEEG) Request for Application (RFA) Guidelines  can be found HERE.


The CEEG application closes Friday, April 10 at 11:59 p.m 

PASSHE provide the following information in response to inquiries about commencement.  

Decision for how to handle PASSHE university commencement are an institution by institution decision, not a system determination. Universities continue to determine what’s best for each of their university communities. Most, if not all, have asked their students which option they prefer. For example, West Chester is looking for alternate dates, while Bloomsburg is looking to hold commencement the weekend of August 7-9. Below is the latest compilation of announcements: 




Spring commencement postponed to Summer commencement, Aug. 7-9.


Postponed. No rescheduled date announced


Postponed. No rescheduled date announced


Postponed. No rescheduled date announced

East Stroudsburg

Commencement canceled. May graduates may join the Winter commencement in December.


Commencement postponed. An in-person ceremony will be scheduled at a date to be determined.


Commencement postponed. Spring 2020 graduates given option to participate in ceremony during the Fall 2020 semester (either a September ceremony or participate in the December ceremony)


Postponed. No rescheduled date announced

Lock Haven

No announcement


Postponed. No rescheduled date announced


Postponed. No rescheduled date announced


Postponed. Planning a virtual senior week and a virtual celebration

Slippery Rock

Postponed indefinitely. Intend to host an in-person ceremony later this year.

West Chester

Postponed. No rescheduled date announced



Federal Stimulus Package – ‘Putting Workers First

Federal COVID Stimulus PackageA bipartisan, robust third COVID-19 bill that will immediately bolster our health care response and our economy.

Unemployment Insurance: ($260 billion)

A massive investment in the UI program as well as critical reforms to make the program more effective for workers. In the wake of the economic recession caused by the coronavirus the UI program is an essential a long-term lifeline for millions of workers during this crisis.

  • Full Paycheck Replacement: $600 increase for every American, which equates to 100 percent of wages for the average American without a paycheck struggling through the Crisis
  • Waiving Waiting Weeks: Gets money in people’s pockets sooner by providing federal incentives for states to eliminate waiting weeks.
  • Extension of Benefits: An additional 13 weeks of federally-funded unemployment insurance benefits are immediately be made available.
  • Expanding Access: Allow part-time, self-employed, and gig economy workers to access UI benefits.

Marshall Plan For Our Health System ($150 billion)

An unprecedented and historic investment for our health care system in its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The new $150 billion fund is widely available to all types of hospitals and providers most affected by COVID-19, and it will be available to fund whatever is needed to defeat this virus.

This includes:

  • Equipment and Infrastructure: Personal and protective equipment for health care workers, testing supplies, increased workforce and training, new construction to house patients, emergency operation centers and more.
  • Enhanced Health Investments: Additional funding is also dedicated to delivering Medicare payment increases to all hospitals and providers to ensure that they receive the funding they need during this crisis, and new investments in our country’s Strategic National Stockpile, surge capacity and medical research into COVID-19.

Robust Worker and Transparency Protections on Government Loans

  • No stock buybacks or dividends for the length of any loan provided by the Treasury plus 1 year.
  • Restrictions on any increases to executive compensation.
  • Protect collective bargaining agreements.
  • Real-time public reporting of Treasury transactions under the Act, including terms of loans, investments or other assistance to corporations.
  • Prohibition on businesses controlled by the President, Vice President, Members of Congress, and heads of Executive Departments getting loans or investments from Treasury programs.
  • Creation of Treasury Department Special Inspector General for Pandemic Recovery to provide oversight of Treasury loans and investments and a Pandemic Response Accountability Committee to protect taxpayer dollars. • Creation of a Congressional Oversight Commission to enhance legislative oversight of pandemic response.


Small Business Rescue Plan ($377 billion)

  • $350 billion in loan forgiveness grants to small businesses and non-profits to maintain existing workforce and help pay for other expenses like rent, mortgage, and utilities.
  • $10 billion for SBA emergency grants of up to $10,000 to provide immediate relief for small business operating costs. • $17 billion for SBA to cover 6 months of payments for small businesses with existing SBA loans.

Protected Over 2 Million Aviation Industry Jobs

  • Democrats secured direct payroll payments to keep millions of airline workers on the job and receiving paychecks.
  • Airline companies will be prohibited from stock buybacks and dividends for the entire life of the grant plus one year.
  • Collective Bargaining Agreements negotiated by workers will be protected.

Increased Direct Payments to Working Americans

  • Democrats fought to double cash payments to the working class Americans from $600 to $1,200
  • An additional $500 cash payment is available per child.
  • The full payment is available for individuals making up to $75,000 (individual) and $150,000 (married).
  • The value begins decreasing and then phases out completely for those making over the full payment income cap.

State and Local Coronavirus Expenditures Fund ($150 billion)

To assist States, Tribes, and local governments that must pay for new expenses related to COVID-19 response.

  • $150 billion, with a small-state minimum of $1.25 billion
  • Tribal set-aside of $8 billion

Emergency Appropriations ($330 billion, including $100 billion for hospitals and providers mentioned above)

  • $16 billion to replenish the Strategic National Stockpile supplies of pharmaceuticals, personal protective equipment, and other medical supplies, which are distributed to State and local health agencies, hospitals and other healthcare entities facing shortages during emergencies.
  • $1 billion for the Defense Production Act to bolster domestic supply chains, enabling industry to quickly ramp up production of personal protective equipment, ventilators, and other urgently needed medical supplies, and billions dollars more for federal, state, and local health agencies to purchase such equipment.
  • $4.3 billion to support federal, state, and local public health agencies to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus, including for the purchase of personal protective equipment; laboratory testing to detect positive cases; infection control and mitigation at the local level to prevent the spread of the virus; and other public health preparedness and response activities.
  • $45 billion for FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund, more than doubling the available funding, to provide for the immediate needs of state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, as well as private non-profits performing critical and essential services, to protect citizens and help them recover from the overwhelming effects of COVID-19. Reimbursable activities may include medical response, personal protective equipment, National Guard deployment, coordination of logistics, safety measures, and community services nationwide.
  • $30.75 billion for grants to provide emergency support to local school systems and higher education institutions to continue to provide educational services to their students and support the on-going functionality of school districts and institutions.
  • $25 billion in aid to our nation’s transit systems to help protect public health and safety while ensuring access to jobs, medical treatment, food, and other essential services.
  • $10 billion in grants to help our nation’s airports as the aviation sector grapples with the most steep and potentially sustained decline in air travel in history.
  • $3.5 billion in additional funding for the Child Care Development Block Grant to provide child care assistance to health care sector employees, emergency responders, sanitation workers, and other workers deemed essential during the response to the coronavirus.
  • More than $7 billion for affordable housing and homelessness assistance programs. This funding will help low-income and working class Americans avoid evictions and minimize any impacts caused by loss of employment, and child care, or other unforeseen circumstances related to COVID-19, and support additional assistance to prevent eviction and for people experiencing homelessness
  • More than $6.5 billion in Federal funding for CDBG, the Economic Development Administration, and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership to help mitigate the local economic crisis and rebuild impacted industries such as tourism or manufacturing supply chains.
  • $400 million in election assistance for the states to help prepare for the 2020 election cycle, including to increase the ability to vote by mail, expand early voting and online registration, and increase the safety of voting in-person by providing additional voting facilities and more pollworkers. • $2 billion in funding to strengthen response capacity and support tribal governments: o $1.03 billion to the Indian Health Service to support tribal health care system response efforts; o $100 million more for the USDA Food Distribution Program for Indian Reservations; o $453 million to assist tribes through the Bureau of Indian Affairs; o $69 million to help tribal schools, colleges and universities through for the Bureau of Indian Education; and o $300 million more to the HUD Indian Tribal Block Grant program. • $1 billion to recapitalize Amtrak after steep ridership declines related to the outbreak. This will keep thousands of Amtrak employees employed, and ensure America’s intercity passenger rail stays on track, continuing service in the Northeast and nationwide.

Student Loan Relief

  • To alleviate the pressure of student loan costs during this crisis, Senate Democrats fought for the inclusion of tax relief encouraging employers to implement student loan repayment programs. This provision will exclude up to $5,250 in qualifying student loan repayments paid by the employer on behalf of the employee from income for income tax purposes.


Most Americans can expect to start seeing their stimulus checks from the coronavirus relief bill in about three weeks, according to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

Singles who have adjusted gross income of less than $75,000 would get $1,200 and married couples who file taxes jointly and earn less than $150,000 would get $2,400. Singles who earn less than $99,000 and married couples who earn less than $198,000 would get a partial benefit.

The checks will be sent based your 2019 or 2018 adjusted gross income on your tax return. If you haven’t filed a tax return, you should file a tax return quickly if you can. The IRS will also access information from Social Security to send the payments.

But what if the IRS can’t track you down to send you a stimulus check?

All is not lost. Just delayed.

If you don’t receive your check, you’ll see the benefit as a tax refund when you file your return in 2020.

That’s because the funds from the stimulus check are actually an advance on a credit you will be able to take on your 2020 tax return.

So while the funds are meant to give relief now, if you don’t get it, you can still take the credit on your 2020 return and you’d get the stimulus amount in the form of a tax refund, said Garrett Watson, senior policy analyst for The Tax Foundation..

Still not sure if you qualify? Use the stimulus check calculator to see what benefit you can expect.



Some helpful links to understand the Federal Stimulus Package:

How to Stay Informed

Below is an extensive list of information, statistics, and resources to ensure you stay up-to-date with any changes happening due to COVID-19.

Boscola Bulletins

  • Make sure you are signed up to receive the Boscola Bulletin (you can sign up HERE)
  • To view all past issues of the Boscola Bulletin eNews, CLICK HERE

Pennsylvania Department of Health

A complete list of information and resources available to you by county:

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

World Health Organization

  • Learn what’s happening Worldwide with the WHO’s Daily report. The most recent report is located at the top of the page. It includes confirmed case and death tallies.
  • Additional COVID-19 information is provided on their website.
  • Stay informed on Twitter.
  • Follow their Facebook page. 

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act)

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) provided for the expansion of Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). This is a federal program administered by the US Department of Labor.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) published its first round of implementation guidance pursuant to the FFCRA yesterday.

The following was provided to us as guidance by the USDOL and has been posted on our website.  The  information can be found at:

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide their employees with expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19.  The United States Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division administers and enforces the new law’s paid leave requirements. These provisions will apply from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.  Please read the below fact sheets to determine if you are eligible.