Additional COVID-19 Resources

 

Dear Friend,

Much has changed since my recent email update last Friday, including the issuance of Executive Order 53. I want to take this opportunity to relay to you additional information that may impact you and your family. Below you will find information on schools, delayed tax deadlines, small business disaster loans, unemployment, and more.


Schools

Schools will remain closed through the end of the academic year, though learning will still continue in various forms. The Virginia Department of Education is working continuously to provide resources and guidance to local school divisions. Of note, high school seniors who were on track to graduate this year will still be able to do so.

Local school divisions continue to offer meal services and online learning resources. For Colonial Heights specific information, please click here. For Chesterfield specific information, please click here.

I want to thank all of our educators for working hard to make the best out of these tough circumstances.


Taxes

The IRS has extended federal tax day from April 15th to July 15th (news release here). Additional federal tax information can be found on the IRS website.

On the state level, the deadline to file taxes remains May 1st. Any state taxes due between April 1st and June 1st can be paid as late as June 1st without penalties. Tax Bulletin 20-4 contains additional information.

Chesterfield residents with questions concerning local taxes should contact the treasurer’s office at 804-748-1201. Colonial Heights residents should contact the billing and collections office at 804-520-9320.


Small Businesses

As part of Executive Order 53 issued on March 23rd, the Governor ordered certain fitness and entertainment businesses to close for a period of 30 days. Restaurants may only operate carry-out and curbside services. Non-essential retail businesses must stick to a 10 patron limit at all times. The 10 patron limit does not apply to essential retail businesses (grocery stores, pharmacies, etc.). For a list of frequently asked questions regarding EO53, click here.

The federal Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration for Virginia. These low interest loans are available to businesses that have been impacted by the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. For more information on this loan program and other SBA resources, click here.

The Virginia Department of Taxation is granting 30 day waivers for businesses to pay February sales tax. Tax Bulletin 20-3 has more information on this specific waiver.


Unemployment

As I noted in my previous update, the standard one week waiting period for unemployment benefits has been waived. You may be eligible for unemployment if:

  • If you have been laid off from your job
  • If you have experienced a reduction in hours
  • If you have been instructed by a medical provider or health official to self-quarantine and are not receiving sick benefits through your employer
  • If you are staying to care for an ill family member and are not receiving paid family medical leave from your employer

Information on how to file a claim can be found here. You can access the VEC website here.

Please note that VEC offices are closed to the public. Online and phone services remain open. You can contact the local VEC office in Petersburg by calling 804-862-6155 or the central office in Richmond at 866-832-2363.


Scams

Unfortunately, individuals are seeking to take advantage of others during this time through scams and price gouging. Please be vigilant in protecting you and your family from scams.

The US Attorney for Eastern Virginia has compiled a list of common scams and tips to protect you and your family. You can view his list and recommendations here.

Virginia enacted strong anti-price gouging laws in 2004. For more information on our laws and to file a complaint with the Attorney General’s Office, click here.


As I close, I do want to note that Congress and the White House have reached a general agreement on a Coronavirus stimulus bill. Specific language is still being drafted and the bill still must go through the legislative process. It is likely to have an impact on Virginians, including increased unemployment benefits and direct payments to individuals and families. I’ll be sure to update you once more concrete information is known.

As a Delegate, my job is to serve the community. If I can be of assistance to you or your family during this time, please email me at DelKCox@house.virginia.gov or call my office at (804) 526-5135.

Sincerely,

Kirk Cox