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Week Of Special Interest 09/09/20

By La Voz Staff

IRS to mail special letter to claim Economic Impact Payment by Oct.

Later this month, the Internal Revenue Service will start mailing letters to roughly 9 million Americans who typically don’t file federal income tax returns who may be eligible for, but have not registered to claim, an Economic Impact Payment.

The letters will urge recipients to register at by Oct. 15 in order to receive their payment by the end of the year. Individuals can receive up to $1,200, and married couples can receive up to $2,400. People with qualifying children under age 17 at the end of 2019 can get up to an additional $500 for each qualifying child.

The letters are being sent to people who haven’t filed a return for either 2018 or 2019. Based on an internal analysis, these are people who don’t typically have a tax return filing requirement because they appear to have very low incomes, based on Forms W-2, 1099s and other third-party statements available to the IRS. But many in this group are still eligible to receive an Economic Impact Payment.

United Way of Pueblo deploys outreach project

United Way of Pueblo County is providing a program to aid non-tax filing, primarily those experiencing homelessness, individuals in filing to receive the Economic Impact Payments established and disbursed by the Treasury Department in the spring.

The Economic Impact Payment Outreach Project was developed to work in partnership with area agencies providing critical services to individuals and families in need. A filing station, staffed by UWPC IRS-certified Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) volunteers and the VITA program coordinator, is co-located in a tent with Pueblo Cooperative Care Center’s Mobile Showers unit.

The Project will run every Wednesday at Pueblo Cooperative Care Center, 326 W. 8th Street, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. through October 14.

“After discussions with local agencies, it was determined there was a critical need for this kind of program in Pueblo,” stated United Way of Pueblo County President/CEO Shanna M. Farmer. “I am very proud of our United Way staff for their dedication to establish this program which is helping those most vulnerable in our community. I also want to thank our community partners who are working with us to support the project.”

Individuals requesting service will need to know their Social Security card number. Only those who do not file income taxes due to lack of income or who are experiencing homelessness are eligible for this assistance. Checks for persons without a permanent address will have their checks sent to the Pueblo Rescue Mission, where they will be held until they can be picked up by the filing individual.

Our Government

White House

Statement by President Trump regarding economic normalization between Serbia and Kosovo: “I am pleased to announce yet another historic commitment. Serbia and Kosovo have each committed to economic normalization. After a violent and tragic history and years of failed negotiations, my Administration proposed a new way of bridging the divide. By focusing on job creation and economic growth, the two countries were able to reach a real breakthrough on economic cooperation across a broad range of issues.”

Colorado Governor

Gov. Polis extended an Executive Order providing relief to public utility customers to mitigate, respond to, and recover from the current economic disruption due to the presence of COVID-19. The Governor also extended an Executive Order temporarily suspending certain statutes and rules to expand the healthcare workforce for hospitals and other inpatient treatment facilities due to the presence of COVID-19. In addition, the Governor extended an Executive Order to provide boards of county commissioners with broader discretion and greater flexibility to implement restrictions on open burning.

Denver Mayor

Denver City Council’s Business, Arts, Workforce, and Aviation Committee approved a proposal for a development in the Montbello and Green Valley Ranch neighborhoods to move forward to a full Council vote on Monday, September 14, 2020. The proposed development, dubbed the Flyway, has been advocated for by residents in northeast Denver for more than three decades. The project would include a 32-acre retail town center at the southeast corner of Green Valley Ranch and the planned Airport Blvd. just west of Peña Boulevard and east of Montbello. Included in the plans are a Costco, as the anchor retailer, along with local, regional and national retailers, and dining establishments situated around a town center.





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