COVID-19 Updates and Legal Information

Updates and Legal Information

Due to Arizona and community responses to address COVID-19, Arizona’s courts and legal aid offices have changes to their operations.

 

To see the most recent court information please visit: https://www.azcourts.gov/covid19/

If you need legal help, apply online for free or reduced fee legal assistance at: https://www.azlawhelp.org/accessToJustice.cfm

If you have an ongoing case with legal aid, please visit the organization’s website for current hours and contact information:

Community Legal Services at: https://clsaz.org/office-locations/

Southern Arizona Legal Aid at: https://www.sazlegalaid.org/services/

DNA People’s Legal Services at: https://www.facebook.com/dnapeopleslegalservices/


 

Watch Out for COVID-19 Scams

The Arizona Attorney General’s Office has warned Arizonans, especially seniors, to be on the lookout for COVID-19 related scams. Some of these scams include promises of COVID-19 related miracle cures, door-to-door sanitation services, new robocalls and official looking emails. More information about Arizona’s COVID-19 related scams can be found here

The Social Security Administration is warning the public about fraudulent letters sent through the mail threatening suspension of Social Security benefits due to COVID-19. Social Security will not suspend or decrease Social Security benefit payments or Supplemental Security Income payments due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. For information from the Inspector General for Social Security about this scam click here.

If you have experienced a COVID-19 related scam, please report it to the Arizona Attorney General’s Office

 

CARES Stimulus Payment – Scams

CARES stimulus payments are arriving in some citizens’ accounts. Unfortunately, the scams to take your stimulus payment are already here. The Federal Trade Commission has provided these four tips to follow so you don’t become a victim to the latest scam:

1. You don’t need to do anything if you have filed a recent tax return. If you have not filed taxes recently, you may need to submit a simple tax return to get your payment.

2. Don’t give callers your personal information to “sign-up” for your relief payment. The government won’t call or email you asking for your personal information. If you have concerns about your payment visit: irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payments.

3. To setup direct deposit of your check, communicate only to the Internal Revenue Service at irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payments.

4. No one has early access to this money. Anyone that claims to is a scammer.

If you receive an email that claims to be from the Internal Revenue Service or appears suspicious do not respond and immediately forward it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., then delete it. To read the Federal Trade Commission’s complete article click here. To learn more about the CARES stimulus payments visit the Internal Revenue Service.

 

CARES Stimulus Payments- Social Security and Veteran Beneficiaries with Children Update

Most economic impact payments will automatically be sent or deposited into the bank account associated with your tax return or your current benefits if you:

have filed a 2018 or 2019 tax return or;

are an individual who receives Social Security (including SSDI and SSI) or;

are an individual who receives Veteran benefits or;

are an individual who receives Railroad Retirement benefits.

However, Social Security (including SSDI and SSI), Veteran and Railroad Retirement beneficiaries who don’t file a tax return and have qualifying children under age 17 must use the Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info tool to claim the $500 payment per child. The IRS needs the dependent information before the payments are issued. Otherwise, the beneficiaries’ payment at this time will be $1,200 and, by law, the additional $500 per eligible child amount will be paid in association with a return filing for tax year 2020.

For more information visit the Internal Revenue Service.  

 

CARES Stimulus Payments – Update for Social Security Beneficiaries

On March 27th, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act which includes a one-time payment to Americans to help address increased expenses and/or job loss related to COVID-19. On April 1st, the Department of Treasury announced that Social Security retirement, disability, and survivors beneficiaries did not need to file an abbreviated tax return or have filed returns in 2018 or 2019 in order to receive the CARES payment. The Internal Revenue Service will use SSA-1099 information they already have to automatically generate $1,200 economic impact payments to eligible Social Security beneficiaries who did not file tax returns in 2018 or 2019. The IRS announced on March 31st that CARES payments would begin being disbursed automatically within three weeks (Mid-April) and that no action would be required by most people to receive the payment. CARES payments to Social Security beneficiaries will be made by the Treasury in the same way the beneficiary would normally receive their Social Security payment – by direct deposit or paper check. For more information CARES economic impact payments for Social Security beneficiaries, visit the Social Security Administration’s FAQ: https://www.ssa.gov/coronavirus/  and Internal Revenue Service’s coronavirus update page at: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus

 

Update on Tax Day – State and Federal

Both Arizona and Federal deadlines for filing and paying taxes have been extended from April 15th, 2020 to July 15, 2020. The new deadline applies to individual, corporate, and fiduciary tax returns and means that taxpayers filing after the previous April 15 deadline will not be assessed late filing or late payment penalties. Arizona’s deadline for contributions to schools and qualifying charitable organizations remains April 15, 2020. For Federal tax information visit the Internal Revenue Service. For Arizona tax information visit the Arizona Department of Revenue

 

Update on Arizona Driver License/Permit Renewals and Commercial License Requirements

Arizona driver licenses, driver permits, and requirements to submit a medical clearance card for commercial driver licenses that expire between March 1, 2020 and September 1, 2020 have been given an extension of six months after the expiration date to renew. If your license or clearance card expires between March 1st and September 1st you will have up to six months after the expiration date to renew. For example, if your driver license expired on March 20th, the new expiration date would be September 20th. Your current driver license or ID card will be accepted by law enforcement and other government agencies because of Governor Ducey’s Executive Order. For more information, visit Arizona Motor Vehicle Services.

 

Update on Real ID/AZ Travel ID Deadlines

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has extended the enforcement deadline of the Real ID, known as the Travel ID in Arizona, from October 1, 2020 to October 1, 2021. A Real ID or Travel ID is obtained at Arizona Motor Vehicle Department offices and is required to board federally regulated commercial aircraft and accessing federal facilities. For more information, visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website

 

This website has been prepared for general information purposes only. The information on this website is not legal advice. Legal advice is dependent upon the specific circumstances of each situation. Also, the law may vary from state-to-state or county-to-county, so that some information in this website may not be correct for your situation. Finally, the information contained on this website is not guaranteed to be up to date. Therefore, the information contained in this website cannot replace the advice of competent legal counsel licensed in your jurisdiction.

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