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July 29, 2020
The Internal Revenue Service provided a reminder that the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act can help eligible taxpayers in need by providing favorable tax treatment for withdrawals from retirement plans and IRAs and allowing certain retirement plans to offer expanded loan
July 28, 2020
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled in this case that an unemployed worker who had already qualified for unemployment compensation benefits cannot be disqualified as “self-employed” when he then starts driving for Uber.
July 24, 2020
Legal services providers nationwide anticipate a spike in legal needs arising from COVID-19. The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) conducted a survey studying the COVID-19 pandemic’s effects on legal aid organizations and low-income Americans seeking legal help. The data was collected from June 15-23
July 20, 2020
Patrick Cicero, Executive Director of Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. participated in a webinar entitled Civil Legal Aid Funding in the Time of COVID-19 on June 26, 2020. The webinar was co-sponsored by the American Bar Association Resource Center for Access to Justice Initiatives (a project of
July 20, 2020
Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Teresa Miller today reminded Pennsylvanians of the ability to use Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) funds to purchase groceries online through select retailers. This flexibility allows SNAP recipients to purchase groceries from home, which
July 20, 2020
On July 16, 2020, Community Legal Services of Philadelphia and Morgan Lewis filed a class action lawsuit against The United States Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) on behalf of Pennsylvanians denied emergency food assistance during the COVID-19 crisis. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (
July 13, 2020
With the July 15 tax-filing deadline − postponed from April 15 – only a few days away, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is reminding taxpayers who have yet to file their tax returns that IRS.gov has tools and services to help them meet their tax obligations. IRS tax help is available 24 hours a
July 10, 2020
Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Teresa Miller today encouraged Pennsylvanians who have been affected financially by the COVID-19 public-health crisis to take advantage of programs designed to help with rent payments and utility bills. Secretary Miller also advised of the upcoming July

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