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CARES Act Information
If you’ve lost your job, help is on the way. This legislation boosts the maximum unemployment benefit by $600 per week through July, and makes unemployment insurance available to many part-time, self-employed, independent contractors, and gig economy workers. This legislation also allows companies to furlough workers instead of outright laying them off, enabling employees to keep their health benefits during this crisis and ultimately have jobs to return to when this pandemic is behind us. Click here for unemployment resources or contact the numbers below.
Most Americans will receive direct payments. About 8 in 10 tax filers in New Jersey can expect direct payments from the CARES Act. Individuals who earned up to $75,000 a year according to their tax income in 2018 or 2019 will receive $1,200 ($2,400 per married couple filling taxes together and with earnings up to $150,000 a year) and an additional $500 per child in every qualifying household. Individuals earning more, and up to $99,000 will receive a smaller amount to be determined by the IRS based in on their income. Direct payments will come directly from the IRS and could be sent as soon as the second week of April, if you are registered with the IRS for direct deposit.
Help for our small businesses. This legislation creates a $349 billion low-cost, forgivable loan program for small businesses so that they can pay rent, make payroll, and stay afloat in this difficult time. From restaurants to retailers to startups in every sector, New Jersey’s more than 800,000 small businesses are the backbone of our economy.