Department of Labor Launches New Unemployment Program
The new Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program provides an additional 13 weeks of benefits to individuals who have exhausted their regular state unemployment insurance claim. Individuals will also receive Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), an additional $600 to their weekly benefits through the week ending July 25, 2020.
Estimated Tax Penalties and Interest Waived
The Department of Taxes has waived penalties and interest for estimated income tax payments originally due June 15, 2020 so long as they are paid by July 15, 2020. This relief applies to Vermont personal income tax, corporate and business/pass-through income tax, and fiduciary and estate income tax.
Unemployment Insurance Virtual Town Halls
In response to COVID-19, the Department of Labor hosted and archived Virtual Town Hall events on a variety of topics.
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance System Accepting Applications
Vermonters who are self-employed, independent contractors, and other individuals who are not eligible for traditional unemployment insurance benefits may now apply online for the new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program.
Dental Insurance Relief for Vermonters
The Department of Financial Regulation has announced the approval of a premium relief plan submitted by Northeast Delta Dental, for $2.89 million in premium relief that will be provided to approximately 70,000 Vermonters after the suspension of most dental services due to COVID-19.
Survey for Creative Sector Recovery
The Vermont Arts Council is looking for feedback from the creative sector regarding needs, response, and recovery. Businesses and arts organizations can take this survey to provide input.
State Parks Preparing to Reopen
Vermont's state parks will open this summer but will not offer overnight camping until June 25th and will be cancelling all reservations prior to that date. Park attendance limits will be reduced, and parks will not offer equipment rentals or concessions this summer. Day use visitors are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets for their visit as common area picnic tables and seating will be removed.