Georgia Announces COVID-19 Relief Measures

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By Kapil Handa

Though the state of Georgia has not been as hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic as other states, the state government has developed programs to help individuals, employees and businesses survive this difficult period.

Unemployment Benefits for Employees

Georgia has expanded unemployment benefits. Firstly, people can claim the unemployment benefit for 26 weeks now instead of 16 weeks as per earlier rules. Secondly, first $300 of wages earned during the week will not count towards the eligible unemployment benefits paid.

Loans for Employers

Georgia is working closely with the federal government and is providing useful information for applying for small business emergency loans with SBA (Small Business Administration). President Trump has approved Georgia’s request to be declared as a disaster area and ordered Federal Assistance for the state.

Tax Filing Extensions

Georgia has automatically extended 2019 tax deadline for income tax filings and payments to July 15, 2020. Those not able to file income tax returns by July 15, 2020 can file for extension and tax return will be due by normal extended due date. However, payments are due by July 15, 2020. Georgia does accept federal extension as a proof of extension.

Also, estimated tax payment for Quarter 1, 2020 has been extended to July 15, 2020. In addition, motor vehicle registrations that expire between March 16 and May 15, 2020 has been extended to May 15, 2020.

No Extension for Sales Tax

No extension has been allowed to state sales tax and state withholding payments that need to be filed and paid as usual.

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