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Funding for Volunteer Fire Departments NOW AVAILABLE

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 here.

Support & Referral Helpline Created for Pennsylvanians in Need of Behavioral Health Resources and Referrals During COVID-19 Public Health Crisis 

The Department of Human Services (DHS) today announced the launch of a statewide Support & Referral Helpline staffed by skilled and compassionate caseworkers who will be available 24/7 to counsel Pennsylvanians struggling with anxiety and other challenging emotions due to the COVID-19 emergency and refer them to community-based resources that can further help to meet individual needs. 

You are not alongThe toll-free, round-the-clock support line is officially operational. The number to call is 1-855-284-2494. For TTY, dial 724-631-5600.

To create and staff the support line, DHS has partnered with the Center for Community Resources (CCR), an experienced regional crisis and call center provider based in Butler County and licensed to provide crisis services.

CCR staff are trained to be accessible, culturally competent, and skilled at assisting individuals with mental illness, intellectual disabilities, co-occurring disorders and other special needs. Staff use the principles of trauma-informed care to listen, assess needs, triage calls, and provide appropriate referral to community resources to children, teens, adults and special populations.

CCR will collaborate with individuals, families, police, emergency medical teams, hospitals, schools, and human service providers on the local level to provide quality care to their community members.

Supporting our fellow Pennsylvanians is so important at a time of uncertainty, such as we are facing today.  I am so glad to see the Commonwealth recognizing the immense strain this virus and shut down is causing so many across PA.  Support and Referral Helpline is staffed with a team of compassionate caseworkers – there for you to know that you are NOT ALONE!  We are in this together, Pennsylvania.

Many other resources also remain available to Pennsylvanians in need of support, including:

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Línea Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio: 1-888-628-9454
  • Crisis Text Line: Text “PA” to 741-741
  • Safe2Say: 1-844-723-2729 or www.safe2saypa.org
  • Veteran Crisis Line: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990
  • Get Help Now Hotline (for substance use disorders): 1-800-662-4357 

Pennsylvania Waives Spay/Neuter Requirement for Adoptions, Conserves PPE for Human Healthcare Professionals

DogThe Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture announced today that in an effort to conserve personal protective equipment (PPE) for human healthcare workers, the Pennsylvania Dog Law that requires shelters and rescues to spay/neuter dogs and cats prior to adoption would be waived for pets adopted during active COVID-19 mitigation efforts in Pennsylvania.

The waiver comes with a contingency: shelters must keep a list of adopters to follow up with post-pandemic and provide a copy of all contracts to the Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement. Once the pandemic is in the past, shelters would be required to follow up on all pets adopted during COVID-19 mitigation. Adoptive pet owners will have up to 120 days from the time of adoption – timeframe to be re-evaluated as necessary – to have the procedure completed and come into compliance.

With approval from the department, shelters and rescues can continue adopting pets out to Pennsylvanians even during Stay at Home orders. This is essential in order to ensure that shelters are not overly full of animals with short staff numbers. Shelters and rescues continuing to operate and adopt pets are advised to follow guidance for virtual, limited contact adoptions from the Humane Society of the United States. Rescues and shelters should also follow guidance issued from the department to protect their workforce and continue operations.

Before adopting, Pennsylvanians should consider if they’re able to provide for all the pets’ needs during COVID-19 mitigation and follow the department’s Guidance to Pet Owners.

For information as it relates to agriculture during COVID-19 mitigation in Pennsylvania visit agriculture.pa.gov/COVID. For the most accurate, timely information related to Health in Pennsylvania, click here.

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

Due Date for Certain Corporation Returns Also Being Moved

Department of RevenueGovernor Tom Wolf recently signed into law Act 10 of 2020, which extends the due date of certain personal income tax returns and payments, as well as waiving certain other income tax dates. 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. 

These extensions for taxpayers will provide more time for the filing of returns as the Governor urges everyone to stay at home to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. 
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):

Entity Federal Form PA Form Original Federal Due Date New Federal Due Date Original PA Due Date New PA Due Date
Partnerships 1065 PA 20S/PA-65 March 15 March 15 April 15 July 15
S Corporations 1120S PA-20S/PA-65 March 15 March 15 April 15 July 15
Individuals 1040 PA-40 April 15 July 15 April 15 July 15
Trusts/Estates 1041 PA-41 April 15 July 15 April 15 July 15
Corporations 1120 RCT-101 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.

Find Alerts From Revenue Online

Taxpayers and tax professionals are encouraged to visit the Department of Revenue’s COVID-19 information page on www.revenue.pa.gov 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 revenue-pa.custhelp.com. 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 www.revenue.pa.gov.

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