Important Tax and Business Updates
- SBA Issues Additional Guidance for Paycheck Protection Program Loans
- IRS Releases Guidance on Employee Retention Credit
- Social Security Recipients Without Prior Year Tax Returns to Automatically Receive Economic Impact Payments
- Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) Under the CARES Act
- PA CARE Package to Provide Consumer Loan Relief
- Paycheck Protection Program Loans (PPP) Available Under the CARES Act
- Start Date Set for FFCRA Employment Tax Credits
- Pennsylvania Creates Small Business Assistance Loan Program
- CARES Act Stimulus Bill Becomes Law
- Massive Stimulus Bill On the Way
- Senate Republicans Release Trillion Dollar Stimulus Package
- Bill to Extend Tax Filing Deadline Introduced in the Senate
- President Trump Signs Novel Coronavirus Relief Bill Into Law
Tax Deadline Extensions
- IRS Extends Due Date for Estate and Gift Taxes
- City of Pittsburgh Extends Income Tax Payment Deadline
- PA Extends State Tax Return and Payment Deadlines for 2019
- Additional Guidance on Extension of Federal Tax Return Due Dates
- Federal Tax Filing Deadline Moved to July 15
- Tax Payment Deadline Extended to July 15, 2020
Where to Get Answers and Assistance
- Advising Amid Uncertainty
- Small Business Owners Guide to the CARES Act
- Pittsburgh Business Journal Small Business Resource Guide
- Allegheny Conference on Community Development – updates, webinars and other resources
- Manufacturer & Business Association – numerous links and resources
- PICPA – resources and updates for Pennsylvania CPAs
- Pittsburgh Technology Council’s “Business As Usual” series – webcasts with the region’s leaders
IRS and Federal Programs
- IRS Filing and Payment Extension FAQs
- SBA Disaster Assistance Loans for Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus
State and Local Programs
- PA DCED Resources
- Updated List of Pennsylvania Businesses Required to Close
- FAQs about Mandatory PA Business Closures
- PA DCED FAQs for Employers
- PA Small Business First Loan Program
- Pittsburgh URA COVID-19 Small Business Assistance Loan Program
- Hebrew Free Loan Association Coronavirus Financial Bridge Loan Program
- National Council of Nonprofits – Links to numerous articles, webinars and other resources
- Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO) – Upcoming webinars
- Pittsburgh Emergency Action Fund to serve as a hub for accepting donations from individuals, foundations and businesses and distributing those funds rapidly to nonprofits on the front lines of COVID-19 response
- Emergency Fund for Artists will provide assistance to artists experiencing loss of income due to the coronavirus outbreak
Information About COVID-19
Learn more about how you can help prevent the spread of the virus. For the latest news, visit the CDC website.
Know how it spreads
- There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
- The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
- The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
- These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Take steps to protect yourself
Clean your hands often
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people at higher risk of getting very sick.
Take steps to protect others
Cover coughs and sneezes
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Throw used tissues in the trash.
- Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Wear a facemask if you are sick
- If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
- If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
Clean and disinfect
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
- If surfaces are dirty, lean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.