4 tips for avoiding a Coronavirus stimulus payment scam
Only use irs.gov/coronavirus to submit information to the IRS – and never in response to a call, text, or email.
The IRS won’t contact you by phone, email, text message, or social media with information about your stimulus payment, or to ask you for your Social Security number, bank account, or government benefits debit card account number. Anyone who does is a scammer phishing for your information.
You don’t have to pay to get your stimulus money.
The IRS won’t tell you to deposit your stimulus check then send them money back because they paid you more than they owed you. That’s a fake check scam.
Economic Impact Payment - How and Who can receive click here
For being a neighbor helping our neighbors by supporting the disaster Relief Fund
Sentry Insurance Foundation Donates $50,000 to United Way of Wayne County for Coronavirus Relief Support Fund
The Sentry Insurance Foundation announced today it is donating $50,000 to United Way of Wayne County in Goldsboro, N.C., as part of a $1.07 million commitment to organizations across the country for coronavirus relief support. The mutual insurer’s efforts are focused on making a direct impact at the community level, with donations to local United Way organizations across the country, as well as making contributions in honor of customers who have adjusted their operations in response to the changing needs of the country. Click here to learn more.
If you know or do business with any of these, please be sure to thank them for giving back to our community through the Wayne County Disaster Relief Fund
Tillman's Restaurant Equipment & Supplies
Piedmont Natural Gas
Jack and Becky Berry
Mt. Olive Pickle Company
We fight for the Education, Health & Wellness and Financial Stability of every person in our community
Cheer Parade Celebrating National Hospital and Nurses Week. May 15, 2020
Federal Emergency Food and Shelter Program Funding Available - Applications Being Accepted
The application period is open for governmental agencies and nonprofit organizations to apply for a share of Wayne County’s Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) funds.
Local human service agencies and charities may apply through MAY 21st for a portion of the Phase 37 $45,933 AND/OR Phase CARES $65,487 in federal funds that Wayne County has been awarded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for EFSP.
New Spanish language version unveiled
IR-2020-83, April 28, 2020
WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service today reminds low-income Americans to use the free, online tool Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here to quickly and easily register to receive their Economic Impact Payment.
The IRS has recently released a new Spanish language version of the tool to help even more Americans get their money quickly and easily.
"The IRS is working hard to find new ways for people who don't have a filing requirement to receive their Economic Impact Payment," said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. "The Non-Filers tool is an easy way people can register for these payments. I appreciate the work of the Free File Alliance to quickly develop a Spanish-language version of this tool to reach additional people. This is part of a wider effort to reach underserved communities."
The Power to do Good!
The American Red Cross (ARC) now faces a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations during this coronavirus outbreak. Healthy individuals are needed to donate now to help patients counting on lifesaving blood. ARC blood donation process is SAFE and fully complies with the CDC's guidelines for social distancing. ARC check the temperatures of everyone entering a drive and deny entry to anyone with even the slightest fever. Further, ARC liberally uses hand sanitizer at every stage in the process and have spaced our donation beds a minimum of six feet apart.
If you are healthy, schedule a @RedCross blood donation appointment: rcblood.org/appt
American Red Cross is holding Blood Drives in our area.
United Way of Wayne County has activated the UWWC Disaster Relief Fund.
Last week 5 grants were issued from the fund to expand the capacity of local agencies to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. “This is an unprecedented time in our community. We opened this process because we wanted to make sure our local agencies have what they need in order to meet the increased levels of need they are seeing.”, said Sherry Archibald Executive Director.
Disaster Relief Grants were awarded to Homefront Room Revival for the creation of 350 “ear guard” style headbands for Wayne UNC Healthcare Staff, fund weekend meal bags for students served by the Rebuilding Broken Places feeding site, to help Wayne Pregnancy Center meet the increased demand for baby food, diapers and wipes, support the delivery of nonperishable food boxes to vulnerable populations by Four Day Movement and increase our support of emergency assistance through the Salvation Army.
If you would like to contribute to the fund, please mail a check marked “disaster relief” to PO Box 10893 Goldsboro NC, 27532 or CLICK HERE.
Additional Benefits on EBT
Families will not need to apply for the P-EBT program. P-EBT eligible families already receiving Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) benefits will receive an additional benefit on their existing EBT card. P-EBT eligible families not already enrolled in FNS will be mailed a new EBT card in the next few weeks. Families who receive a new EBT card will receive a letter from DHHS in the mail explaining how to activate and use their card. For more information Click Here.
The new universal tax break for charitable donations was included in the final $2 trillion COVID-19 stimulus package signed into law last week and will go into effect starting with the 2020 tax year.
The measure grants taxpayers an above-the-line deduction for up to $300 in charitable donations given in 2020. For example, if you take the standard deduction and give $300 to charity, you will get a $300 tax break in addition to the standard deduction. Here is the tax benefit break down for those taking standard deductions, itemized deductions, and corporate giving:
For people who take the standard deduction, the CARES ACT allows you to take a tax deduction for contributions made to qualified charitable entities up to $300 per year starting in 2020 – this deduction is “above-the-line.” The 2020 Standard deduction is $12,400 for individuals and $24,800 for married couples filing jointly. Therefore, any donation to qualifying charities of up to $300 will be added to the standard rate of deduction. This deduction applies for 2020 and beyond.
For people who file for itemized deductions, the CARES ACT allows you to take a tax deduction of up to 100% of your Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) for contributions to qualifying charities starting in 2020. The new law temporarily lifts the limits on charitable giving from 60% of a taxpayer’s AGI to 100% for 2020.
For corporate donors, the CARES ACT allows an entity to take a tax deduction of up to 25% of their Adjusted Tax Income for contributions to qualifying charities starting in 2020. The new law temporarily lifts the limits from 10% of adjusted taxable income to 25% for 2020.
Five Things You Can Do To Fight the Corona Crisis
Support People in our community struggling in the economic fallout of COVID-19.
When you feel the most helpless, you actually have the POWER to do the most good.
As we move into social distancing and self-quarantine, it’s natural to feel isolated. Staying away from other people, though necessary, doesn’t fulfill our need to take action, to do something in the face of this crisis.
Fortunately, even in isolation, you can help the most vulnerable among us. Because we are never truly alone in our human community.
Here are five things you can do to fight in the face of COVID-19: View more