TAX PAYMENT UPDATE
Over 80 percent of American adults will receive a payment, according to an initial estimate.Read in The Washington Post: https://apple.news/APYZikbcqSDaCSINsB7GeOA
How Could Coronavirus Relief Efforts Impact You?
Our tax experts continue to provide daily analysis of the latest tax policy developments amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are four must-see resources from the last week:
- Expanded unemployment insurance
- $350 billion allocated to help small businesses
- Recovery rebate for individuals. (See our breakdown here)
- Early withdrawal penalty on retirement account distributions waived
- Certain employer student loan payments excluded from taxable income
- Business provisions like a refundable payroll tax credit and net operating loss carrybacks
BATON ROUGE, La. — Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards and Secretary Don Pierson of Louisiana Economic Development announced the opening of an LED help desk that provides email and hotline support for Louisiana businesses impacted by COVID-19.
For COVID-19 business questions, LED may be reached at [email protected] or via the toll-free hotline, (833) 457-0531. The COVID-19 hotline is staffed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. Be aware that high call volumes might result in delays. Callers are encouraged to keep trying, leave a voice mail or contact LED via email.
The Webster Parish School Board will be offering breakfast and lunch meals throughout our district during the school closure.Beginning Monday, March 30, we will continue our feeding program at all 6 sites on Mondays and Wednesdays only from 9 am until noon. You will receive multiple days of meals on these two days. We are trying our very best to find the appropriate balance of providing this much needed service to our students at the same time of making sure our employees are safe. We wish everyone the very best during these uncertain times and cannot wait to see everyone in person when this crisis is over!
Sites for Pick-up:
Doyline High School
Webster Jr. High School
North Webster High School
North Webster Upper Elementary
As we all try and adjust to the new “norm” of our daily lives, please know that the Greater Minden Chamber is here to serve you in anyway possible that we can. We are continuously working to bring you the latest and up to date information. Our website will be updated once a day with current information. Thank you for all you are doing to keep our community strong and healthy.
Effective Monday March 23, 2020, the Chamber offices along with Webster Parish Convention and Visitors Commission will be closed until April 13, 2020. The Chamber staff will be working remotely from our homes. We have access to email and voice mail. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us for any need, and we welcome your feedback and/or suggestions as we will continue to bring you breaking news. Please feel free to contact Jana Morgan at [email protected]
Here is a link to the Governor’s order: JBE Order 3-22-2020
Business Owners & Managers:
To assist in situational reporting and planning, please take a few minutes to complete this brief survey.
SouthStar Urgent Care of Minden and Springhill have COVID-19 testing available.
Our protocol is as follows: If you have fever of 100.4 and respiratory symptoms, we will test you for strep and flu first, if those are negative and the provider deems it necessary we will then test for COVID-19. We will test you in your car if you request. The results are taking 3-7 business days.
If you need medical attention besides COVID-19 testing, we do have masks available to wear in the lobby, we also have a text system in place where you can sign in inside and wait in your car. When your room is ready, we will text you. We also have the Zip Pass App available.
AT&T is offering a Free 90-day offer of Webex Meetings
with AT&T for new Webex customers, call 877-848-0700 (8am-5pm CST), or email:
BIZ Magazine has waived their subscription fees
for the time being to allow all business community members up-to-date information.
With the recent upgrade of COVID-19 to a worldwide pandemic, the Greater Minden Chamber has gathered resources for its members to help them navigate all the effects of this declaration.
“We at the Greater Minden Chamber encourage our members to take precautions to prevent the spread of this disease,” said Chamber President/CEO Jana Morgan.
In addition, we are offering the following links to assist members who may be economically affected by recent actions surrounding this outbreak.
The following links provide additional information concerning COVID-19
The LWC website:
Governor’s Executive Order and latest press release:
Coronavirus Legal & Business Hub resource for businesses, governments and non-profits.
We want our members to know that we are here for them as we combat, and ultimately overcome, this challenge.
Be sure to answer YES, when asked if applying for reasons related to COVID-19. This will help YOU and businesses get relief.
SHARE YOUR BUSINESS IMPACT
The Louisiana Travel Association wants to keep our industry informed with resources, updates and developments during the COVID-19 event. As your business, event or workforce is impacted, we want to gather information about closures, cancellations and the economic challenges facing tourism-related businesses. This information will help us advocate on your behalf as we urge lawmakers to provide recovery resources.
Please complete this short survey to share how the Coronavirus is impacting your business by clicking the link below.
Webster Parish Convention & Visitors Commission is taking the recommended precautions to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Please be aware that the Dorcheat Museum, Germantown Museum, City Art Works and Lake Bistineau State Park are closed to the public at this time. As of right now, the trails and water access are open at Caney Lakes for recreation, however no additional RVs or campers will be granted overnight stays. There are also several public boat launches throughout the parish if you are interested in fishing or paddling. You can locate these on our website or in the Visit Webster Parish app. Our website has also recently been updated to feature which restaurants are offering delivery and curbside pick up.
There are still ways to discover our good nature while practicing “social distancing”. Please give us a call if you have any questions.