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CARES Act - FAQ
Dear Members,

We hope you and your families are remaining healthy and safe in this time of uncertainty. In our last message to members, we told you about the signing of the $2 trillion federal relief bill known as the CARES Act. We know it's a lot of information to absorb, especially when people are dealing with so many issues at once. In order to simplify some of the important benefits for individuals and answer questions you may still have, we are offering this Q&A on the main points of the legislation.

Who qualifies to receive a check and how much will they receive?

Anyone who filed a tax return this year or last year. Individuals receive $1,200, married couples receive $2,400 and child dependents (under 17) receive $500.

What if my recent income made me ineligible, but I anticipate being eligible because of a loss of income in 2020? Do I get a payment?

The plan does not help people in that circumstance now, but you may benefit once you file your 2020 taxes. That's because the payment is technically an advance on a tax credit that is available for the entire year. So, it will depend on how much you earn.

How are qualified income levels determined?

There is no qualified income threshold or requirement to receive the rebate. However, the rebate phases out at a 5% rate above adjusted gross incomes of $75,000 for single filers, $112,500 for heads of household, and $150,000 for joint filers.

Will I have to apply to receive a payment?

No. If the IRS already has your bank account information, it will transfer the money to you via direct deposit based on the recent income tax figures it has, or a check will be mailed to the address provided on the last return submitted.

How long will it take for the check to be delivered?

Rebates sent via direct deposit will take a few weeks. Rebates sent via checks may take a few months.

Will I be taxed on this check?

No, rebates are not taxable.

Will U.S. citizens living abroad get a payment?

Yes, as long as they meet the income requirements and have a Social Security number.

How much can I get from Unemployment Insurance?

The exact amount you can receive through Unemployment depends on your state and your previous earnings. Between now and July 31, an additional $600 will be added to every unemployment compensation check, so no one will receive less than $600 per week.

What if I'm not eligible for traditional Unemployment Insurance?

The CARES Act temporarily expands unemployment insurance to cover individuals who are not traditionally covered, including part-time employees, freelancers, self-employed workers, gig-workers, independent contractors and workers with irregular work history.

How long will the expanded benefits be in place?

Expanded eligibility for unemployment insurance will be in effect until December 31, 2020. A $600 additional benefit will be added to unemployment compensation received for weeks between when the bill is enacted and July 31, 2020.

Is there a waiting period?

The CARES Act includes incentives for states to waive the waiting week between applying for unemployment compensation and receiving it. Contact the unemployment office in the state where you worked to determine whether there will be a waiting week.

How do I file for unemployment insurance?

You can apply for unemployment compensation through the unemployment office in the state where you worked. In most states, you can apply online.



TESTING INFORMATION

• Los Angeles —lacovidprod.service-now.com/rrs

• New York —coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-testing



HOW TO HELP

If you are looking for a way to help, there is a national coalition organizing local drop-offs for PPE (personal protective equipment) items. The website, GetUsPPE, has a map of drop-off locations all over the country. It also includes instructions for dropping off your donations, as well as details on what items they need most, including N95 respirators, surgical masks, gloves and protective goggles.

getusppe.org/give/



RESOURCES AND LINKS

www.producersguild.org/covid19



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