Scammers are taking advantage of fears surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The Federal Trade Commission remains focused on protecting and educating consumers. Please see the FTC’s web page, ftc.gov/coronavirus, where you will find timely information about:
- what the government is doing
- scams and tips to avoid and report them
- FTC law enforcement actions
- links to other resources
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants
In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, California is providing one-time state-funded disaster relief assistance to undocumented adults who are ineligible for other forms of assistance, including assistance under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and pandemic unemployment benefits, because of their immigration status. This state funding is expected to reach about 150,000 undocumented adults.
The California Department of Social Services has selected twelve immigrant-serving nonprofit organizations to help individuals apply for and receive this disaster relief assistance in their region. An undocumented adult who qualifies can receive $500 in direct assistance, with a maximum of $1000 in assistance per household.
Learn more here.
Paycheck Protection Program
Economic Impact Payment
The IRS launched web apps for individuals to track the status of their economic impact payment and for taxpayers to submit their banking direct deposit information to help with receiving payment.
- Get My Payment: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment
- Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/non-filers-enter-payment-info-here
If you have questions about your economic impact payment, the IRS has added a detailed Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page at the following website: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payment-information-center. The IRS tells our office they are continually updating these FAQs to more completely answer taxpayer's questions.
The U.S. Department of the Treasury and IRS launched the “Get My Payment” web application. The FREE app allows taxpayers who filed their tax return in 2018 or 2019 but did not provide their banking information on either return to submit direct deposit information. Once they do, they will get their Economic Impact Payments deposited directly in their bank accounts, instead of waiting for a check to arrive in the mail. “Get My Payment” also allows taxpayers to track the status of their payment.
Additionally, please be on the lookout for scammers. Know that the IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages, or social media channels to request personal or financial information. The IRS urges taxpayers to be on the lookout for scammers and email phishing attempts about the COVID-19 and economic impact payments.
FCC Lifeline Program
Millions of Americans who are now eligible for the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) or Medicaid due to job loss or reduction in income are also eligible for the FCC’s Lifeline program. The Lifeline program is the primary federal program charged with helping low-income families obtain broadband and telephone services. More information on this program can be found here.