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Coronavirus Update

PLEASE NOTE: it’s important to remember to follow the facts and that misinformation and overreacting can cause a secondary impact on our economy.

REOPEN - RECOVERY - REIMAGINE:

BUSINESS RESOURCES:

Loans

Grants

Workplace Guidance

Recovery - Reopen - Reimagine

TRAVELER RESOURCES:

  • Pinellas County Public Beaches - Open - Click for weekend updates
  • Hotels and Vacation Rentals - Open
  • Restaurants - Open - Allowed 50% capacity and togo/delivery
  • Barbers & Cosmetology - Open
  • Gym's, Library's and Museums - Open
  • Large events and theme parks/attractions - Open
  • Bars and nightclubs - Closed
  • Individuals traveling to Florida from from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Louisiana must self isolate or quarantine for 14 days from time of entry or the duration of the person’s presence in the state, whichever is shorter.
  • Destination Updates - From St. Pete/Clearwater
  • Information for Travel - From the CDC
  • Tampa International Airport's update on increased cleaning and sanitation efforts.

TOURISM INDUSTRY RESOURCES:

RESTAURANT & BAR RESOURCES:

MENTAL HEALTH & ASSISTANCE:

Recovery Rebates
Eligible taxpayers will receive up to $1,200 in refundable tax credits.
IRS released a tool to provide eligible taxpayers with the status of their payment, including the date it is scheduled to be mailed or directed deposited.

Taxes
April 15th Tax Deadline - Extended 90 days to July 15th.
Federal Income Tax - Payments delayed 90 days to July 15th.
Sales Tax - February due date extended to March 31st.
Sales Tax - March due date extended to April 30th.
Property Tax - Residential & Commercial due date extended to April 15th.
Employee Retention Tax - Guide for tax credit
Payroll Tax - Can be deferred through December 31, 2020, and pay those deferred taxes over a two-year period ending in December 2022. Not eligible with Paycheck Protection Plan. Self-employed taxpayers may defer 50% of Social Security tax payments.
Deadlines for payment of the state’s Corporate Income and Sales Taxes are will be eased though out the end of the year.

Business License
DBPR suspended renewal deadlines for all department-issued licenses, permit, registrations or certificates set to expire in March or April. No late fees.

Waste Service
If your business is closed or you need to adjust waste pick-up, call you waste services provider and ask for service adjustment which could save you money.

Duke Energy
In addition to suspending disconnections for non-payment during this time, effective March 21, we have waived all late payment fees and fees for returned checks. Customers who were recently disconnected can contact us to make arrangements for service restoration. Click for more services offered by Duke Energy

Bank of America
Will suspend mortgage, credit card bills, business loans, etc if you can show proof hardship is caused by coronavirus. Requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Other Financial Institutions
For all other mortgage, credit card bills, business loans, etc call your financial institution directly and ask for relief.

Retirement Plans
Individuals can withdraw up to $100,000 from their retirement plan without penalty.

Student Loans
Student loan payments and interest will be suspended until September 30th.

 

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Other safety tips:
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
  • Staying home when you are sick.
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Covering your mouth when coughing or sneezing.
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
For any questions about Coronavirus (COVID-19) and safety tips, people should visit the Department of Health website or call the local health department at 727-824-6900.