IRS Sends First Checks Out for Coronavirus Relief; How Trump Threatened to Veto Stimulus Package Over USPS Bailout; and a Vet’s Advice for Pet Owners During COVID-19 Pandemic.
On Saturday, the IRS announced that the first round of stimulus payments have been sent out. On Twitter, the IRS wrote:
“#IRS deposited the first Economic Impact Payments into taxpayers’ bank accounts today. We know many people are anxious to get their payments; we’ll continue issuing them as fast as we can.”
More deposits are expected to follow within the coming days for people who are signed up for direct deposits with the IRS.
The first deposits are being made to those who filed tax returns for 2018 or 2019. Checks are expected to be mailed out during the first week of May, though some Americans might not see a check for months.
This will be especially important for Americans dealing with their Humira medicare cost and other financial issues.
In Trump’s ongoing war against the USPS, he reportedly threatened to veto the recent $2.2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package if it included help for the United States Postal Service.
A Trump administration official told the Washington post:
“We told them very clearly that the president was not going to sign the bill if [money for the Postal Service] was in it. I don’t know if we used the v-bomb, but the president was not going to sign it, and we told them that.”
Megan Brennan, the Postmaster General, told the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Thursday that the USPS would run out of money by September unless it received financial aid from the federal government.
A veterinarian is begging pet owners to take a ‘common sense approach’ when it comes to their pets while the coronavirus outbreak continues.
The basic message is that you should treat your pets the same way you’d treat fellow humans. Practice good hygiene and wash your hands often.
“You should wash your hands before and after touching any animal,” said Dr Anne Fawcett from the University of Sydney’s School of Veterinary Science to Daily Mail Australia.
“We’re not asking pet owners to do anything different, except to be vigilant. My advice is to use common sense and remain calm. We need to remember that there are very few reports of the virus involving animals.”
Dr Fawcett said it’s fine to take your dog out for walks, for example, but you shouldn’t allow others to pet them.
“Yes, it’s still safe to take the dog for a walk, but social distancing should be maintained,” she said.