• Federal Resources & Guidance

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    • Paycheck Protection Program: Starting April 3, 2020, small businesses and sole proprietorships can apply. Starting April 10, 2020, independent contractors and self-employed individuals can apply. Visit https://home.treasury.gov/cares.
    • The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA): This program provides unemployment benefits to those that may not otherwise be eligible under Florida’s state Reemployment Assistance program, including independent contractors and individuals who are self-employed. Individuals who have been impacted by COVID-19 and believe they may be eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, can visit www.FloridaJobs.org and select “File a Claim” to apply and be considered for PUA.
    • Independent Contractor’s Guide to Cares Act Relief: If you are an independent contractor or self-employed individual, you may be eligible for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans/grants, SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL), and/or Unemployment Compensation for losses of income related to the coronavirus pandemic. Please click here.
    • Economic Impact Payments: The IRS has introduced the Get My Payment program. This will allow you to check your payment status and update bank account information if needed. Click here!
    • Federal Unemployment Insurance: The U.S. Department of Labor’s website provides information on federal unemployment including FAQS.
      https://www.dol.gov/coronavirus/unemployment-insurance#faqs
    • U.S. Small Business Administration Guidance for BusinessesClick here for information on Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program, Debt Relief and SBA Express Bridge Loans.
    • Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL): Click here to view the U.S. Chamber’s Guide to SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL), including how to access an emergency $10,000 grant.
    • CDC Guidance for Businesses and EmployersClick here for the latest guidance for businesses to plan, prepare and respond to COVID-19.
    • Avoid Coronavirus Scams: Visit the Federal Trade Commission’s website for information for consumers to avoid coronavirus scams, business guidance during coronavirus, types of scams and how to report a scam.  https://www.ftc.gov/coronavirus/scams-consumer-advice
    • IRS: Main Page for Coronavirus Tax Relief Information
    • IRS: FAQ on the Employee Retention Credit in the CARES Act
    • Treasury Department : FAQ Employee Retention Credit
    • Department of Labor:  Resources for COVID-19 and the American Workplace
    • Department of Labor: Temporary Rule on Paid Leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and Summary
    • U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Save Small Business Fund: Click here to find information on the the Save Small Business Fund.
    • U.S. Sen. Rick Scott COVID-19 FAQs/Resources:  Please click here for help for small businesses, individuals, relief for students, support for health care and emergency management workers and support for aging and disabled.