News from Representative Tom Emmer

Dear Friend,

As we continue to combat the spread of COVID-19, I am committed to ensuring you have the information and resources you need. I have compiled daily updates, resources and contacts for you to keep your families safe and informed. Visit my COVID-19 page to learn more here

Last week, I e-mailed many of you my latest resource kit for individuals. From direct assistance to mortgage guidance, read below for more information and visit my web page here.

In addition, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act implemented programs for employers to pay and retain employees during this trying time. I sent a letter to the Administration urging that rural hospitals and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) be able to apply for and receive these loans. I also supported an effort to ensure that religious nonprofits are able to apply as well. These are important organizations that include schools and day cares in our communities. We must ensure they are also supported through this time.

Lastly, I led a letter along with 27 of my colleagues asking for flexibility in businesses applying for the Employee Retention Credit. This credit ensures support for businesses that retain and pay employees during this time. Congress meant for this credit to be applied broadly so that individuals could continue to receive a paycheck right now, but it is unclear in what circumstances it will apply. I was proud to lead this effort on behalf of working Minnesotans.

Please do not hesitate to visit my website at Emmer.House.Gov or contact my Otsego District Office at (763) 241-6848 or Washington, D.C. Office at (202) 225-2331 if I can be of assistance to you and your family.



Tax Day Guidance

For most of us, April 15th is Tax Day. Due to the Coronavirus, the Department of the Treasury and the IRS extended the filing deadline for tax returns to July 15, 2020. For more information visit

Direct Assistance for Americans:

Most American adults will get $1,200. The payment is increased by $500 for every qualifying child age 16 or under. This amount is reduced for higher-income earners, starting at $75,000 for individuals, $112,500 for the head of household, and $150,000 for married couples. Individuals who earn more than $99,000 or $198,000 for married couples are not eligible for the payment. The IRS has stated that those who filed their taxes electronically and provided direct deposit information will get their money the fastest.

Unemployment Assistance

The CARES Act provides for expanded unemployment insurance for everyone, including gig workers, the self-employed, and non-profit employees. Under the bill, unemployed workers will be paid an additional $600 per week on top of what they would normally receive, through July 31.

The package also provides an additional 13 weeks of unemployment assistance for those who remain unemployed, providing nearly 10 months of financial assistance in total, through Dec. 31, 2020. You can find out more about unemployment relief during COVID-19 here.

ICYMI: Rep. Emmer on WCCO and WJON 

This Sunday, I joined Roshini Rajkumar on WCCO Radio to discuss the COVID-19 outbreak, programs available to small businesses and answered callers questions live. To listen, click here.

Yesterday, I joined Jay Caldwell on WJON to discuss the CARES Act and the programs it created to assist individuals and businesses through this pandemic. To listen, click here.

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