Just before the start of the new year, Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act which contained a nearly $900 billion coronavirus aid package. The President signed the $2.3 trillion government funding bill into law, preventing another government shutdown and releasing billions of dollars in aid. Among other things, the relief package will extend unemployment benefits for millions of Americans who have been affected by the global pandemic. Here are some of the key factors in this legislation.
The bill will add a $300 per week federal unemployment supplement through mid-March and will extend programs making freelancers and gig workers eligible for benefits. It also includes another round of stimulus checks for individuals who earn up to $75,000 a year or couples filing jointly up to $150,000. Individuals who meet the eligibility requirements will receive a payment of $600, while eligible couples are entitled to $1,200. Families with children will also be given $600 per dependent.
The package will also extend eviction protections to January 31st and will provide $25 billion in rental assistance for people who lost their job during the pandemic.
Paycheck Protection Program
As discussed in a previous blog, the Paycheck Protection Program or PPP was created to provide relief to small and medium-sized businesses facing financial challenges from the coronavirus pandemic. This latest legislation will put an additional $284 billion toward the PPP to aid eligible businesses.
The new measure also includes a two-year tax break for businesses and will boost Earned Income Tax credit. It does not include an extension of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. However, employers who voluntarily provide this will be eligible to take a tax credit for that leave.
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