Catalina Island Chamber & Visitor Bureau Member Resources

U.S. Travel Association

3/19/20 Weekly Travel Data Report (web link)

3/17/20 Weekly Update (web link)

US Travel


 

U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to California small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in the counties of Orange, Los Angeles, San Diego and more.

These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can't be paid because of the disaster's impact," said SBA Administrator, Jovita Carranza. SBA Customer Service Representatives will be available to answer questions about SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loan program and explain the application process at (800)659-2955 or send an email.

Learn more information

Additional SBA resources for businesses and employers

SBA Disaster Loan Application Forms - English

SBA Disaster Loan Application Forms - Spanish

 


Federal & California State Tax

The Federal tax-filing deadline has been moved to July 15. IRS will waive penalties and interest on tax payments.

  • Americans who owe taxes can defer their payment until July 15, interest and penalty free, up to $1 million.
  • Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin encouraged tax payers to file their taxes to claim their tax refund.
  • The July 15 deadline applies to federal taxes.

The State of California tax-filing deadline has been moved to July 15. 

FTB is postponing until July 15 the filing and payment deadlines for all individuals and business entities for:

  • 2019 tax returns
  • 2019 tax return payments
  • 2020 1st and 2nd quarter estimate payments
  • 2020 LLC taxes and fees
  • 2020 Non-wage withholding payments
  • View Press Release  (link to FTB.ca.gov)

 

3/27/2020 Summary of CARES Act, Third COVID-19 Response Package

3/30/20 - Governor Newsom Signs Executive Order Providing Relief to California Small Businesses 

Order provides 90-day extension in state and local taxes, including sales tax. Order extends licensing deadlines and requirements for a number of industries

SACRAMENTO – Today, Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order that will provide tax, regulatory and licensing extensions for businesses. 

The executive order allows the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) to offer a 90-day extension for tax returns and tax payments for all businesses filing a return for less than $1 million in taxes. That means small businesses will have until the end of July to file their first-quarter returns.

Additionally, the order extends the statute of limitations to file a claim for refund by 60 days to accommodate tax and fee payers.

The executive order also includes extensions that impact state government workers, as well as consumers. For instance, the Department of Motor Vehicles will limit in-person transactions for the next 60 days, allowing instead for mail-in renewals. Additionally, the Department of Consumer Affairs will waive continuing education requirements for several professions, also for the next 60 days.

Further, the order will extend the Office of Administrative Law’s deadlines to review regular department proposed regulations. The order also extends by 60 days the time period to complete investigation of public safety officers based on allegations of misconduct. Finally, deadlines for trainings, investigations, and adverse actions for state workers will also be extended.

A copy of the Governor’s executive order can be found here, and the text of the order can be found here.

Visit California Update - 3/31/20

Dear Industry Partners,

Every pilot knows the three steps to surviving a crisis: Aviate, navigate and communicate. You have to keep the plane in the air, look for a place to land and then start communicating.
 
As the world hunkers down amid the coronavirus pandemic, the travel industry is fighting every day to stay airborne in an unprecedented humanitarian and economic storm. Already, the industry is facing a business challenge seven times more devastating than 9/11.
 
The federal government is trying to help. Congress and the president approved the $2.2 trillion CARES Act – a solid first step. The package offers relief for workers, small businesses, nonprofits, DMOs, and state and local governments.
 
Not all of the programs are developed yet, and I urge you to stay informed. Visit California has put together a summary of the federal programs taking shape, with links to government resources and our partners at U.S. Travel for more detail on program components and eligibility.
 
There is more work to be done. A phase four is under discussion and likely will be debated over the next several weeks. Today, Visit California launched a brief survey to quantify the financial damage in the California travel industry. This is important data that can help lawmakers as they develop relief measures. I urge you to complete it.
 
It has never been more important for the travel industry to stay engaged in policy making. The work taking place in government now will determine how rapid and robust our recovery will be.
 
Make no mistake, this aircraft will be righted, and this industry will be ready to fly again when the time arrives.
 
Sincerely,

Caroline Beteta, President & CEO, Visit California