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COVID-19 Business Impact Survey and Business and Employee Assistance Programs

Post Date:April 02, 2020 8:00 AM

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Business and Employee Assistance

The City of Fort Lauderdale is sensitive to the stress and financial impact our businesses and their employees are experiencing as a result of COVID-19. Please click on the images below to open .pdf pdf files of the following: (1) Business and Employee Resource Guide; (2) Resources for Businesses flyer; and (3) Resources for Employees flyer. Additional information and resources designed to assist businesses and employees during this challenging time are outlined below.

Business Resource Guide 03-23-2020-1

Business Assistance Flyer 03-23-2020-1Employee Assistance Flyer 03-23-2020-2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Business Assistance Programs 

SBA Economic Injury Loan
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is working directly with state Governors to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and non-profits that have been severely impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19). The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program offers working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. For details, visit bit.ly/2U3rdVT.

Florida Emergency Bridge Loan
Governor DeSantis has activated the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program that provides short-term, interest free loans of up to $50,000 to small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Business owners in Florida with two to 100 employees are eligible. The application period ends May 8, 2020. For more information, visit www.floridadisasterloan.org or call the Florida Small Business Development Center Network at (866) 737-7232.

Florida Short Time Compensation Program
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) offers the Short Time Compensation Program, designed to help employers maintain their staff by reducing the weekly working hours during temporary slowdowns instead of temporarily laying off employees. For information on qualifications and how to apply, visit bit.ly/2wcFnuP.

Business Damage Assessment Survey
Businesses adversely impacted by COVID-19 are encouraged to complete the Emergency Business Damage Assessment Survey online at www.floridadisaster.biz. Information submitted by businesses will help the State of Florida determine the type and level of resources needed to continue to help impacted businesses. The survey does NOT serve as an application for resources. After filling out the survey, federal, state or local agencies may reach out to your business through the contact information provided if you indicate your interest.

Florida Business Taxes
Governor DeSantis has directed the Department of Revenue to provide flexibility on the deadlines of taxes due such as corporate income tax and sales tax to assist businesses that are adversely impacted by COVID-19.

Federal Taxes
The U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service has announced that the federal income tax filing due date is automatically extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020. Taxpayers can also defer federal income tax payments due on April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020, without penalties and interest, regardless of the amount owed. This deferment applies to all taxpayers, including individuals, trusts and estates, corporations and other non-corporate tax filers as well as those who pay self-employment tax. Please visit the IRS website at bit.ly/2U2yOUr for additional details.

For questions or additional information, please contact:

Sarah Spurlock
City of Fort Lauderdale Nighttime Economy Manager
sspurlock@fortlauderdale.gov 

Michael Chen
City of Fort Lauderdale Economic & Business Development Manager
mchen@fortlauderdale.gov


Assistance Programs for Local Employees 

FPL
For customers experiencing hardship as a result of COVID-19, FPL is suspending disconnections at least through the end of March. For additional assistance, please visit www.FPL.com/Help.

Comcast
Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country are available to anyone who needs them for free, including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For details, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi.

Comcast is offering a low-income Internet Essentials package that includes two months of free internet. For details, visit www.internetessentials.com

Comcast is also pausing customer data plans for 60 days, giving all customers unlimited data for no additional charge

Comcast will not disconnect internet service or assess late fees if customers contact the company and let it know they can’t pay their bills during the 60-day period.

For updates from Comcast related to coronavirus, visit www.comcastcorporation.com/COVID-19.

AT&T
All AT&T consumer home internet wireline customers, as well as Fixed Wireless Internet, can use unlimited internet data.  Additionally, AT&T will continue to offer internet access for qualifying limited income households at $10 a month through its Access from AT&T program. The company is also  offering new Access from AT&T customers two months of free service. For details, visit about.att.com/pages/COVID-19.html.

Broward County Evictions Activities Suspended
The Broward Sheriff’s Office, in coordination with the 17th Judicial Circuit, is suspending all eviction activities until further notice due to the current public health crisis. bit.ly/2WsHhSs

Reemployment Assistance Program
Governor DeSantis and the Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) encourage any Floridian whose employment has been negatively impacted as a result of COVID-19 to visit www.Floridajobs.org and click on the Reemployment Assistance Program (unemployment compensation) link for details on qualifications and how to apply for benefits.

IRS Extends Deadline for Payments
The U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service have announced that the federal income tax filing due date is automatically extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020. Taxpayers can also defer federal income tax payments due on April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020, without penalties and interest, regardless of the amount owed. This deferment applies to all taxpayers, including individuals, trusts and estates, corporations and other non-corporate tax filers as well as those who pay self-employment tax. Please visit the IRS website at bit.ly/2U2yOUr for additional details.

For questions or additional information, please contact:

Sarah Spurlock
City of Fort Lauderdale Nighttime Economy Manager
sspurlock@fortlauderdale.gov

 

For general information regarding the City's response to COVID-19, visit fortlauderdale.gov/coronavirus

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