Below is a list of frequently asked questions on the COVID-19 response. If you have further questions, or if there is anything my office can do to assist you, please contact my office here. For more information on available resources, please see our resources page here.
For a list of frequently asked questions regarding Governor DeWine's Stay at Home Order, please visit here.
Do I still have to file my taxes on April 15th like always? How will I know if the filing deadline is extended?
The filing deadline for Federal and state of Ohio Income Taxes has been moved from April 15 to July 15 2020. All taxpayers and businesses will now have this additional time to file and make payments without interest or penalties.
Please continue to check the Internal Revenue Service Website at www.IRS.gov for updates. You can also check for updates on state and local taxes from Ohio Department of Taxation on their website at tax.ohio.gov.
I understand loans are available for Ohio small businesses through the Small Business Administration, how can I apply?
The state of Ohio's application for the U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program was recently approved. This program provides low-interest loans up to $2 million in order to help businesses overcome the temporary loss of revenue during the state of emergency. Non-profit organizations in Ohio are now eligible to apply for low-interest loans through the SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. To apply, visit the SBA website at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
Additional information on the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program is available at SBA.gov/Disaster. If you have questions, you can also email BusinessHelp@Development.Ohio.Gov.
What aid is available for my small business now that the CARES Act has been signed into law?
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program, the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses. Importantly, these loans may be forgiven if borrowers maintain their payrolls during the crisis or restore their payrolls afterward. More information from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is available here.
Important information from the U.S. Department of the Treasury, including the application, below:
- For a top-line overview of the program CLICK HERE
- If you’re a lender, more information can be found HERE
- If you’re a borrower, more information can be found HERE
- The application for borrowers can be found HERE
How can I submit an application to receive unemployment?
To apply for unemployment benefits please go to Unemployment.Ohio.gov in order to submit an application.
Governor DeWine issued an executive order that expands flexibility for Ohioans to receive unemployment benefits during Ohio's emergency declaration period. Unemployment benefits will be available for eligible individuals who are requested by a medical professional, local health authority, or employer to be isolated or quarantined as a consequence of COVID-19, even if they are not actually diagnosed with COVID-19.
I heard the federal government will be issuing $1,200 to certain Americans. How will that be distributed?
The CARES Act provides an Economic Impact Payment of $1,200 for adults and $2,400 for joint filers. For each dependent child, a family would be eligible for an additional $500. These checks are reduced for higher income taxpayers and begin phasing out after a single taxpayer has $75,000 in adjusted gross income and $150,000 for joint filers. For more information on the rebate check, please click here.
*Please be aware of fraud from scammers looking to take advantage of misinformation on this issue. For information on what to look for, please see the Federal Trade Commission's Consumer Information website here. For accurate and up to date information on how you will receive this money, please see this FAQ page from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) here.
Are there drive-through testing sites available? What’s the process?
There are currently drive-through testing facilities in our area provided by the Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals (UH). The Cleveland Clinic’s test sites are available at the W.O. Walker building in University Circle and the Akron General Health and Wellness Center in Green. Both sites require an electronic provider’s order for testing. Currently, the Cleveland Clinic is prioritizing high-risk patients, meaning those who are currently hospitalized and those who are age 61 and older. Please check online at my.clevelandclinic.org/landing/preparing-for-coronavirus for the latest information and instructions, including testing locations and changes to testing capacity.
UH’s test site is located at the UH Landerbrook Health Center in Mayfield Heights. UH will test patients of any age who have coordinated their care through a UH physician. Patients who are referred to the testing site will be given a 30-minute time slot to arrive with a physician order for their testing. UH has also announced plans to open an additional testing site in Ravenna to expand operations outside of Cuyahoga County. Please check online at https://www.uhhospitals.org/healthcare-update/covid-19-testing-locations for the latest information and instructions, including testing locations and changes to testing capacity.
I have family who are trying to travel back to the US from overseas, can you help?
Constituents are advised to work with their airlines to schedule travel back the United States. Persons still overseas should contact their nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate for updates and enroll in the State Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) online if they have not already. Many embassies and consulates will only be able to provide limited services to U.S. Citizens, such as emergency passport replacement. U.S. Embassies will NOT schedule commercial air transportation for U.S. Citizens wishing to return home.
Enroll in STEP on the Department of State website here.
If you need further guidance on this issue, please contact my office at covid19help.OH16@mail.house.gov, and we will do our best to assist you.
Where can veterans go to find information on COVID-19 specifically related to the veteran community?
The Department of Veterans Affairs has a webpage specifically dedicated to their COVID-19 response. You can find that page here: https://www.publichealth.va.gov/n-coronavirus/index.asp
What is your office doing to help constituents?
As the situation with COVID-19 evolves quickly in our state and across the country, I want to ensure you have access to the latest information and federal assistance available. In addition to making information available on my website, I have launched a new email address for constituents specifically seeking assistance or guidance on concerns relating to federal government action to address this crisis. This email address, covid19help.OH16@mail.house.gov, will enable my staff to more quickly respond to constituent services requests related to evolving federal government international travel restrictions and recommendations, Small Business Administration assistance for affected businesses, guidance on how to contact county and state health authorities, and more. Please note, if you are seeking assistance with federal agencies, you will additionally need to submit a privacy release form to my office, which can be found on my website here.
My office is here to help. If you are experiencing issues with federal agencies relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit anthonygonzalez.house.gov/COVID19help or email my office at covid19help.OH16@mail.house.gov.