03.28.20

Coronavirus Relief FAQs

Friend,

Many Georgians are wondering what the coronavirus relief packages will mean for their families and communities. We've been talking with folks across the state, and I wanted to share some frequently asked questions and answers.

1. How much aid can my family and I expect?

A one-time tax-free recovery rebate of $1,200 is available to every American with a valid Social Security number whose income is at or below $75,000. That’s $2,400 per married couple, with an extra $500 per child. This assistance is reduced for those earning between $75,000 – $99,000, and ends at $99,000. Income amounts are determined based on 2019 tax returns, if filed, or 2018 returns. For seniors and individuals with disabilities, the IRS will identify beneficiaries using SSA-1099 and RRB-1099 information. 

2. I receive Social Security benefits. Am I eligible for the rebate?

Yes, the $1,200 rebate is available to those with no income, as well as those whose income comes entirely from Social Security benefits.

3. Do I need to do anything to receive the rebate?

For the vast majority of Americans, no action is required in order to receive a rebate check.

4. What is being done to help small businesses?

We've created a “paycheck protection program” to provide 100% federally guaranteed loans to help keep employees on payroll. Emergency grants of up to $10,000 will also be made available to cover immediate operating costs.

5. How will my local government be able to cover expenses from COVID-19?

We’ve allocated $150 billion to help local governments cover coronavirus-related expenses. The aid will be distributed by the states, and each state will receive a minimum of $1.25 billion.

If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact my office by phone or email, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

We all play a role in slowing the spread of coronavirus, so please continue taking extra precautions and following the advice of public health officials.

Thank you for doing your part.

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P.S. – For up-to-date information on the coronavirus, visit the CDC and Georgia Department of Public Health.