If you have filed an unemployment insurance application (UI), you must file a weekly claim for each week or you will not be paid.
VEC recommends you do this on Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday of each week if you remain unemployed and want to be paid for the prior week.
You can complete and submit your weekly UI payment request by calling 1-800-897-5630. You can also find more information at vec.virginia.gov.
For those who need to file for unemployment due to COVID-19, the best way to file is online through www.vawc.virginia.gov. While the call center number is still functioning, the wait times are higher than normal at this time due to call volume.
The filing website is mobile friendly and can be accessed from smart phones.
The website has Live Chat capability and our Centers are still accepting calls at this time if you need additional assistance.
For unemployment benefits, individuals can apply online here. The Governor has waived wait times and called for expedited processing of claims.
To determine eligibility for any and all social services programs, individuals can apply via CommonHelp or by phone at 1-855-635-4370. They are processing claims for assistance.
Virginia Career Works centers have limited access right now.
Self-employed individuals such as independent contractors, gig economy workers, clergy, and those working for religious organizations may be eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. To receive this benefit, you will need to file a claim for regular unemployment and be denied. Once you have been denied regular unemployment, you can begin the process of filing a PUA claim.
Hand Up Lodge Hand Up Lodge is now operating 24/7 to allow residents to shelter in place. Additionally, hotel/motel vouchers are available for homeless persons who screened as needing greater quarantine/isolation than shelters can provide. If you are homeless or will lose housing in the next three days, call (434) 455-5722.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, signed into law on March 27, 2020, allocates $349 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the current circumstances they are encountering. The CARES Act provides funding for the Paycheck Protection Program, modifies the existing Emergency Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program and provides immediate loan payment relief for current SBA 7(a) borrowers. The following is an overview of the key components of and eligibility requirements of these programs:
7(a) Loan Payment Relief: SBA will pay the principal, interest, and any associated fees owed on 7(a) loans as follows: • Existing borrower not on deferment: six months beginning with the next payment due on the loan; • Existing borrower on deferment: six months of payments beginning with the next payment due on the loan after the deferment period; and • New borrower: six months of payments beginning with the first payment due on the loan, but only for new loans made within the first six months starting from the date of enactment.
Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL): Eligibility: Businesses with 500 employees or fewer. • Up to $2 million can be provided to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses that could have been met if the disaster did not occur. • Loans can be made based solely on credit scores. • The interest rate on EIDLs will be 3.75% interest rate for small businesses. • The first twelve payments will be deferred and not become due until one year after the original disbursement. Interest does accrue during this time. • The term of these loans will be up to 30 years.
Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Advance: ***Due to funding limitations, EIDL money is currently only being distributed to agricultural businesses and businesses who submitted a request before the application portal closed on April 15.*** For those that apply for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL), an advance of up to $10,000 will be provided to small businesses within several days of applying for the loan. • The advance does not need to be repaid, even if the grantee is subsequently denied an EIDL. • Funds can be used to provide paid sick leave to employees, maintain payroll, meet increased production costs due to supply chain disruptions, or pay business obligations, including debts, rent and mortgage payments. • Eligibility: Advances are available to small businesses, sole proprietors, independent contractors, tribal businesses, as well as cooperatives and employee-owned businesses in operation on January 31, 2020.
Small Business “Paycheck Protection Program” (PPP): A new $349 billion lending program under the existing SBA 7(a) program. The SBA guarantee of PPP loans will be 100% through the end of 2020. PPP loan payments will be deferred for a minimum of six and up to 12 months. Loans will be administered through local and regional banks; any federally regulated bank may become an SBA lender for this purpose. The Department of the Treasury will issue regulations for these loans quickly. • The interest rate will not exceed 4%. Rate is currently fixed at 0.5%. • Eligibility: • Small businesses as defined by SBA size standards, generally up to 500 employees, but up to 1,500 employees depending on the sector as certain sectors are based on revenue. • Sole proprietors, the self-employed, and independent contractors. • Regulatory Streamlining: • SBA’s standard “no credit elsewhere” test is waived. • No personal guarantee or collateral required. • No additional fees will be applied to these loans. • Size of loans: Up to $10 million. Loan amount is based on recent payroll costs, compensation paid to individuals, including the self-employed. Compensation in excess of $100,000 a year to any individual is excluded. • Requirements: The business must certify the loan will be used to retain workers, maintain payroll, make mortgage or lease payments, and pay utilities. • Loans may be forgiven, up to an amount equaling eligible payroll, mortgage interest, rent and utility cost, incurred during the 8 week period starting from loan origination. Compensation in excess of $100,000 a year to any individual will not qualify for forgiveness. • Loan forgiveness is reduced by layoffs or pay reductions in excess of 25%. • Loan forgiveness is not treated as taxable income.
Businesses impacted by COVID-19 can also request to defer the payment of state sales tax due March 20, 2020 for 30 days.
When granted, businesses will be able to file no later than April 20, 2020 with a waiver of any penalties.
The Virginia Department of Taxation is extending the due date of payment of Virginia individuals and corporate income taxes. While filing deadlines remain the same, the due date for individual and corporate income tax will now be June 1, 2020.
Please note that interest will still accrue, so taxpayers who are able to pay by the original deadlines should do so.
Extensions from the IRS
Individuals: Income tax payment deadlines for individual returns, with a due date of April 15, 2020, are being automatically extended until July 15, 2020, for up to $1 million of their 2019 tax due. This payment relief applies to all individual returns, including self-employed individuals, and all entities other than C-Corporations, such as trusts or estates.
Corporations: For C Corporations, income tax payment deadlines are being automatically extended until July 15, 2020, for up to $10 million of their 2019 tax due.
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Online Connectivity for Students Who Lack It
FCC agreement stating that providers will waive late fees, not cutoff service for lack of payment, and open hot-spots.
Comcast COVID-19 response: offers free WiFi for 2 months to low income families plus all Xfinity hot-spots are free to the public during this time
Sprint COVID-19 response: follows FCC agreement, provides unlimited data to existing customers, and, starting Tuesday, 3/17/2020, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge (I expect others will follow).
T-Mobile COVID-19 response: follows FCC agreement, plus unlimited data to existing customers, and, coming soon, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge (I expect others will follow).
Altice/Suddenlink response: offers 30 MB internet to any new subscriber free for 60 days. No late fees or terminations for existing customers. Applicable to some rural localities
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