Weekly Newsbrief: COVID-19 update, Tax deadline

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Weekly COVID-19 Update:
The confirmed number of COVID-19 cases in the United States reached 477,161 on April 10. Cases confirmed in California reached 1,352, with 552 deaths. California is expected to reach its peak hospital usage and daily deaths April 26, according to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is encouraging California residents to stay at home during this time as the next two weeks are projected to be critical in the fight against COVID-19.

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office has created a task force led by leaders from both the public and private sectors to manage COVID-19 testing in California. They have also built a website designed to be a one-stop destination for donations and selling medical emergency equipment to hospitals and care facilities.

Tax Deadline Extended:
The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service announced a federal income tax filing extension on March 21. All filing has been extended to July 15, 2020.

The IRS is asking taxpayers to still file as soon as possible, as they are doing their best to issue tax returns within 21 days. The treasury and IRS have posted additional guidance and information at https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus, and the IRS has a page dedicated to tax filing information for students at https://www.irs.gov/individuals/students.

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