– Last updated on June 1, 2020 –
Washington, D.C. COVID-19 Hotline: 1-888-349-8323
District residents are encouraged to continue practicing social distancing and take the following actions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:
Mayor Muriel Bowser is extending road closures and taking additional measures to restrict access to the Tidal Basin. The Mayor has directed the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) to work with the DC National Guard to enforce a restricted access zone around the Tidal Basin until further notice to ensure social distancing and prevent further community transmission of COVID-19. Learn more about road closures here.
Mayor Muriel Bowser and Chief Financial Officer Jeffrey DeWitt announced that the deadline for taxpayers to file and pay their 2019 District of Columbia individual and fiduciary income tax returns (D-40, D-41, and D-40B), partnership tax returns (D-65), and franchise tax returns (D-20, D-30) is extended to July 15, 2020. Learn more here.
On March 17th, the DC Council passed emergency legislation to provide relief to DC residents struggling to pay rent, purchase groceries, or receive healthcare. The Council’s swift action to address some of this crisis was appropriate, but there is more work to do to protect our small business community.
Brooke proposes that the Council defer real property tax payments owed from retail and hospitality establishments that are due on March 31st to the last day of the fiscal year, September 30th, 2020. That way, we can keep these payments in this year’s budget and not have to cut our spending measures. This would provide immediate relief for our businesses who are making impossible choices today about which vendors to pay, which employees to lay off, and how to evolve to an online marketplace — in many cases, overnight. Brooke is working with the Council to advocate for this deferment.
The federal government and DC just announced an extension of the deadline to file federal and local income taxes owed from April 15th, 2020 to July 15th, 2020. A deferment targeted to protect our small businesses while still maintaining a large source of the District’s tax base would alleviate some of the immense hardship our community is facing. DC small businesses, building owners, and government officials, are in agreement that this compromise would be a welcomed relief for businesses who have a pending payment owed at the end of the month without requiring the DC government to dip into our reserves fund.
The DC Mayor’s Office is expanding the definition of unemployment and expanding unemployment insurance compensation. Read more about unemployment compensation here.
Resources for undocumented communities can be found here
If you need help with your student loans, you may be able to temporarily suspend your payments by applying for a deferment or forbearance from the US Department of Education.