Economic Impact Payments on their way, visit IRS.gov instead of calling

IR-2021-01, Jan. 4, 2021

WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service today urged people to visit IRS.gov for the most current information on the second round of Economic Impact Payments rather than calling the agency or their financial institutions or tax software providers. IRS phone assistors do not have additional information beyond what’s available on IRS.gov.

The IRS and the Treasury Department began issuing a second round of Economic Impact Payments, often referred to as stimulus payments, last week.  

The direct deposit payments may take several days to post to individual accounts. Some Americans may have seen the direct deposit payments as pending or as provisional payments in their accounts before the scheduled payment date of Jan. 4, 2021, which is the official date funds are available.

Paper checks also began going out and will continue to be sent through January. Some people will be mailed debit cards in January, and the IRS urges people to carefully check their mail. Mailed payments will require more processing and mailing time. Those who reside abroad will have longer wait times for checks as disruptions to air travel and mail delivery in some countries will slow delivery.

The IRS emphasizes that there is no action required by eligible individuals to receive this second payment. The payments are automatic, and people should not contact their financial institutions or the IRS with payment timing questions.

Eligibility

Generally, U.S. citizens and resident aliens who are not eligible to be claimed as a dependent on someone else’s income tax return are eligible for this second payment. Eligible individuals will automatically receive an Economic Impact Payment of up to $600 for individuals or $1,200 for married couples and up to $600 for each qualifying child. Most people who have an adjusted gross income for 2019 of up to $75,000 for individuals and up to $150,000 for married couples filing joint returns and surviving spouses, will receive the full amount of the second payment. For filers with income above those amounts, the payment amount is reduced. 

Checking the status of a payment

Starting today, people can check the status of both their first and second payments by using the Get My Payment tool, available in English and Spanish only on IRS.gov.

Payment not received or less than expected? Claim on 2020 tax return

Payments started going out last week and will continue through mid-January. Direct deposit payments are being made first to those that have valid routing and account information on file for direct deposit purposes. Because of the speed at which IRS issued this second round of payments, some payments may have been sent to an account that may be closed or no longer active. By law, the financial institution must return the payment to the IRS, they cannot hold and issue the payment to an individual when the account is no longer active. While the IRS is exploring options to correct these payments, if you have not received your full payment by the time you file your 2020 tax return, you may claim the Recovery Rebate Credit on your tax return.

The credit is figured like the Economic Impact Payment, except that the credit eligibility and the credit amount are based on the 2020 tax year information, including income.

For people who received a partial Economic Impact Payment, they can take the Recovery Rebate Credit for any remaining amount they’re eligible for by completing line 30 of the 2020 Form 1040 or 1040-SR.

Changing bank account or mailing information

The IRS cannot change payment information, including bank account or mailing information. If an eligible taxpayer does not get a payment or it is less than expected, it may be claimed on the 2020 tax return as the Recovery Rebate Credit. Remember, Economic Impact Payments are an advance payment of what will be called the Recovery Rebate Credit on the 2020 Form 1040 or Form 1040-SR.

More information

For more information about Economic Impact Payments and the 2020 Recovery Rebate Credit, visit IRS.gov/eip. Starting next week, people can check the status of their payment at IRS.gov/GetMyPayment. For other COVID-19-related tax relief, visit IRS.gov/Coronavirus.

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Council Meeting Tuesday, January 5th @ 6:30

There will be a regular meeting of the City Council on Tuesday, January 5th beginning at 6:30pm

This meeting will be held via Cisco Webex Video Conferencing. To participate, use the information provided below for calling in or joining with video.

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Occurs the first Tuesday of every month effective Tuesday, January 5, 2021 from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM, (UTC-09:00) Alaska
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WHEN CAN I EXPECT THE GIFT CARDS FOR THE THORNE BAY MARKET?

Gift cards for the Thorne Bay Market will be mailed on Monday December 21st, to all eligible households that applied for the Residential Relief Funding and selected this method of payment.

When can I expect to have the funding for my City Utility account processed?

Residents that requested their Residential Relief Funding to be used for their City utilities (water, sewer, garbage), will also be processed on Monday, December 21, 2020.

The deadline to submit applications for the Residential Relief Funding is Friday, December 18, 2020, BY 12:00PM. The City will begin to review applications Friday afternoon and will mail each eligible household their Certificates for the Thorne Bay Market Monday, December 21, 2020. If you applied for your funding as gift card(s) and have not received anything by Wednesday, December 23rd, please contact City Hall.

For questions regarding the Residential Relief Funding, contact City Hall at (907) 828-3380, or email finance@thornebay-ak.gov or cityclerk@thornebay-ak.gov.

NOTICE OF CITY COMPREHENSIVE PLAN WORKSHOP

PUBLIC MEETING WORKSHOP

COMPREHENSIVE DEVELOPMENT PLAN WORKSHOP

On January 13, 2021, at 6:30 p.m. the City of Thorne Bay will hold a public information workshop related to the preparation of updating the City’s Comprehensive Development Plan.

This will be held via Cisco WebEx. Information for participating in this meeting is provided below. 

The purpose of the meeting is to review the current Comprehensive Plan and set a meeting schedule for the completion of this long-term plan. Additionally, this meeting will engage meeting participants to solicit important feedback from the community.

The Comprehensive Plan is a long-range plan that will provide guidance for the physical growth and development in the City over the next fifteen years. The plan will include an assessment of existing conditions, set goals for the future, and recommend projects, policies and programs to achieve community planning goals.

Once adopted, the Plan will serve as a decision-making guide for City staff and elected officials for decisions related to land use, public investments, and capital improvements.

The project will be directed by a committee representing elected officials, local businesses and community citizens.

If you are interested in participating in this committee or would like more information on this project or the public meeting, please contact Cindy Edenfield, Mayor, at (907) 828-3380, or email tnbmayor@thornebay-ak.gov.

Posted: December 16, 2020

PUBLIC MEETING WORKSHOP
Hosted by Teri Feibel, CMC

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Wednesday, Jan 13, 2021 6:30 pm | 1 hour | (UTC-09:00) Alaska
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Agenda: On January 13, 2021, at 6:30 p.m. the City of Thorne Bay will hold a public information workshop related to the preparation of updating the City’s Comprehensive Development Plan.

This will be held via Cisco WebEx. Information for participating in this meeting is provided below.

The purpose of the meeting is to review the current Comprehensive Plan and set a meeting schedule for the completion of this long-term plan. Additionally, this meeting will engage meeting participants to solicit important feedback from the community.

The Comprehensive Plan is a long-range plan that will provide guidance for the physical growth and development in the City over the next fifteen years. The plan will include an assessment of existing conditions, set goals for the future, and recommend projects, policies and programs to achieve community planning goals.

Once adopted, the Plan will serve as a decision-making guide for City staff and elected officials for decisions related to land use, public investments, and capital improvements.

The project will be directed by a committee representing elected officials, local businesses and community citizens.

If you are interested in participating in this committee or would like more information on this project or the public meeting, please contact Cindy Edenfield, Mayor, at (907) 828-3380, or email tnbmayor@thornebay-ak.gov.

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REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING 12/15/20

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City Council Meeting
Tuesday, Dec 15, 2020 6:30 pm


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APPLY FOR RESIDENTIAL RELIEF FUNDING TODAY

Thorne Bay Residential Utility & Grocery Assistance Grant Application

The City of Thorne Bay is providing residents with another round of relief funds from the State of Alaska CARES program to help mitigate the effects of COVID-19.  While the full impact of COVID-19 on our country is still unknown, it has already significantly disrupted the lives of many, including most Thorne Bay residents.

The City has allocated funding for the purpose of alleviating the economic strain families and individuals may have experienced as a result of increased prices for food, lost work time, reduced working hours, lack of childcare, or other lost income.

APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY

  1. Be a resident of Thorne Bay prior to December 1, 2020

Each household within Thorne Bay city limits is eligible for $750.00 in CARES funding from the City. Payments will be provided toward your choice of your Thorne Bay City Utility Account and/or a Gift Card to the Thorne Bay Market.

Applications must be submitted by Friday, December 18, 2020 by 12pm. Only complete applications will be considered.  One application per household.

All households are strongly encouraged to apply for this funding.  As of December 30, 2020, any remaining CARES funding in the City Account will be returned to the State of Alaska.

Applications will be accepted via the following means:

Email:    finance@thornebay-ak.gov

Fax:       (907) 828-3374

Mail to:   The City of Thorne Bay

                  P.O. BOX 19110

                  Thorne Bay, AK 99919

In person:   Thorne Bay City Hall

120 Freeman Drive

         Thorne Bay, AK 99919

ALL Applications must be signed.  Electronic signatures will be accepted for electronic delivery of applications.

Please contact City Hall for more information or questions 907-828-3380

CITY COUNCIL MEETING DECEMBER 1, 2020

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City Council Meeting December 1st, 2020

Tuesday, Dec 1, 2020 6:30 pm | 1 hour | (UTC-09:00) Alaska

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DRAFTED AGENDA:

MINUTES:

a)  Approving Minutes of the November 10, 2020, Special City Council Meeting

b)  Approving minutes of the November 17, 2020, Regular City Council Meeting

NEW BUSINESS:

a) TBD

ORDINANCE FOR INTRODUCTION:

a) TBD

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2-NEWLY CONFIRMED COVID-19 CASES IN THORNE BAY

Thorne Bay City staff was notified by Alaska Public Health on Tuesday, November 24, 2020, of the FIFTH confirmed COVID-19 case in Thorne Bay. Three of the confirmed cases are recovered and there is currently TWO ACTIVE cases in Thorne Bay at this time.
Public health and the division of epidemiology are currently conducting a case investigation to determine how the patients were exposed and the potential scope of contacts. Additional information will be released as it is available.

COVID-Thorne-Bay-Press_Release-Nov-24-2020