The U.S Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service announced that economic impact payments (relief checks) will begin to be distributed in the next three weeks and will be distributed automatically, with no action required for most people. However, some seniors and others who typically do not file returns will need to submit a simple tax return to receive the stimulus payment.
Who is eligible for the economic impact payment?
Tax filers with adjusted gross income up to $75,000 for individuals and up to $150,000 for married couples filing joint returns will receive the full payment. For filers with income above those amounts, the payment amount is reduced by $5 for each $100 above the $75,000/$150,000 thresholds. Single filers with income exceeding $99,000 and $198,000 for joint filers with no children are not eligible.
Eligible taxpayers who filed tax returns for either 2019 or 2018 will automatically receive an economic impact payment of up to $1,200 for individuals or $2,400 for married couples. Parents also receive $500 for each qualifying child.
Unemployment insurance provides temporary income assistance for those who have been separated from employment through no fault of their own and who meet certain eligibility requirements.
1) be able (physically and mentally) and available for work;
2) register with the state employment service; and,
3) be actively seeking work.
Undocumented immigrants are not eligible at this time. To be eligible, you must be authorized to work in the U.S.
If you have reduced hours which results in your wages being less than what your unemployment benefit would be, you may qualify for some assistance.
For a full listing of eligibility requirements please review pages 4 through 6 of the IDES Unemployment Insurance Handbook at:
The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership has developed a list of essential business and companies that are hiring during the Stay-Wide Stay-at-Home Order. Some companies are offering hiring/signing bonuses for new employees.
Click the link above for the list. For application assistance e-mail
Skills for Chicagoland's Future has developed a list of industries that are hiring during the Stay-Wide Stay-at-Home Order. Some companies are offering hiring/signing bonuses for new employees.
Click the link above for the list.