FREE College Tuition is available for Michigan Essential Workers

What percent of college students graduate in four years?
Were you open at any time between April and June?

FREE College Tuition is now available to Michigan’s Essential Workers who were required to work from April through June despite the dangers of COVID-19. 

On Thursday Michigan’s Governor Whitmer announced the ‘Futures for Frontliners’ bill. This bill is inspired by the G.I. Bill that provided college education to those serving their country in WWII. She originally announced it in April but provided more information last Thursday. Under the program, people who worked frontline jobs during the peak of the coronavirus outbreak between April and June will be eligible for a free high school completion program, community college degree or both. The program is not just for medical workers, it also covers people who worked in places such as manufacturing, nursing homes, grocery stores, sanitation, delivery, retail and more. Around 625,000 Michigan essential workers will be eligible. 

To be eligible for the program, an applicant must: 
·        Be a Michigan resident
·        Have worked in an essential industry at least part-time for 11 of the 13 weeks between April 1 — June 30
·        Have been required to work outside the home at least some of the time between April 1 — June 30
·        Not have previously earned an associate or bachelor’s degree
·        Not be in default on a federal student loan
·        Complete a ‘Futures for Frontliners’ scholarship application
by 11:59 p.m. Dec. 31 

Currently the free college is limited to community colleges. There is no age limit or income cap to be eligible for the program. The program is funded by $24 million from the Governor’s Education Emergency Relief Fund (GEER) which was appropriated through the federal CARES Act. 

At AFS Taxsavers our mission is to assist your business to grow, and become profitable by providing timely, accurate accounting, tax and financial services, and information to the individual and the business community in a professional atmosphere at a reasonable cost.  

If you have any questions about the ‘Futures for Frontliners’ program or would like to hear about how we can help you and your business prepare for the future, please let us know. 

New Michigan Grant Information!

New Grant Alert! The State of Michigan is offering a new grant, Michigan Small Business Restart Program. Applications will launch on July 15, 2020.

Any questions give AFS Taxsavers a call (734) 464-3660.

Please click the link below:

Wayne Country Grant

Attention all Wayne County small business owners. On Monday, June 29th, there will be a new grant available. Full program guidelines can be found in the link below. Apply as soon as possible! Last time the county offered a grant like this the funds didn’t last long. Follow the link below for more information! https://www.waynecounty.com/backtowork/small-business-grant-program.aspx?fbclid=IwAR0gEXwLroLUjcPY6D8edS0x2d5TJP-bawL-yiTUSkLvnQ3ywpdo7Iv2O9M

Special alert for benefit recipients!

Special alert for benefit recipients who don’t file a tax return and have dependents!!!!

SSA, RRB recipients with eligible children need to act by Wednesday to quickly add money to their automatic Economic Impact Payment; IRS asks for help in the ‘Plus $500 Push’

State of Michigan Department of Treasury: Business Taxpayers Can Pay Monthly, Quarterly Sales, Use and Withholding Tax in May

April 14, 2020

Certain businesses that have experienced disrupted operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic now have even more time to make monthly or quarterly sales, use and withholding tax payments, according to the Michigan Department of Treasury. Business taxpayers scheduled to make sales, use and withholding tax payments for March and April or for the first quarter of 2020 can postpone filing and payment requirements until May 20, 2020. The state Treasury Department will waive all penalties and interest. Business taxpayers are encouraged to file sales, use and withholding tax returns and pay taxes owed as of the original due date if able to do so. The waiver is not available for accelerated sales, use or withholding tax filers. Businesses with questions should inquire through self-service options using Michigan Treasury Online.

Grant For Hospitality Industry

The Michigan Hospitality Industry Employee Relief Fund, supported by the Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association Educational Foundation, is designed to assist employees of Michigan’s restaurant and lodging industry who are in need of support after the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds will be granted to individuals that can demonstrate need and proof of hospitality industry employment as of March 10, 2020. Awards in the amount of $500 will be granted to all approved applicants until resources are fully depleted.

Apply Here: https://mrlaef.org/relief-fund.html

Update on Unemployment for Self-employed, Contractors, Gig, and Low-wage Workers Coming in Next Couple of Days

The governor, under the federal CARES Act, signed an agreement between Michigan and the U.S. Dept. of Labor to implement Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Compensation programs that grant benefits to workers who do not already qualify for state unemployment benefits. Workers include self-employed, 1099-independent contractors, gig, and low-wage workers who can no longer work because of the pandemic. The agreement also increases weekly benefits for all unemployed workers by $600 a week and extends benefit payments from 26 to 39 weeks. If someone has already applied for unemployment benefits, you DO NOT need to reapply at this time.

The UIA will provide additional guidance regarding eligibility and application details in the coming days as it implements these new programs.

Executive Order 2020-21

Effective until April 14 all Michigan residents were ordered to “Stay Home, Stay Safe”. All non-essential business operations must remain closed to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Click here to view Executive-Order 2020-21

Click here for a Power Point presentation about Executive Order 2020-21

Breaking News

Here at AFS we hope everyone is safe during this pandemic. We understand the importance of “social distancing”. We are remaining open to serve your needs, but we do offer other options (see below) to accommodate everyone’s needs in this National Emergency