COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions
Learn what to do when you’re facing financial challenges due to COVID-19.
The Howard County Rental Protection and Stability Act, in part, prohibits residential landlords from increasing rents, unreasonably or arbitrarily decreasing promised services like electricity or water, terminating an existing lease, or making any other material changes to existing lease terms during any Governor-declared emergency and up to three months thereafter.
If you are a Maryland resident and are facing eviction as a result of COVID-19-related circumstances and are seeking legal support, Maryland Legal Aid and/or Maryland Volunteer Legal Services may be able to assist you.
If your student loan debt is not covered by the automatic administrative forbearance referenced above, contact your student loan servicer and let them know you are unable to pay and the reason why. Ask for your payment options, which could include income-based payment plans, forbearance, or deferment.
Lastly, if you are uncertain as to the type of student loan debt you have, contact your student loan servicer directly for information.
- U.S. Citizen or U.S. Resident alien (and their spouse if filing a joint return), and
- Are not a dependent of another taxpayer and
- Their adjustment gross income (AGI) is not more than:
- $150,000 if married and filing a joint return or if filing as a qualifying widow or widower
- $112,500 if filing as head of household or
- $75,000 for eligible individuals using any other filing status
- $1,400 for an eligible individual with a valid Social Security number ($2,800 for married couples filing a joint return if both spouses have a valid Social Security number or if one spouse has a valid Social Security number and one spouse was an active member of the U.S. Armed Forces at any time during the taxable year)
- $1,400 for each qualifying dependent with a valid Social Security number or Adoption Taxpayer Identification Number issued by the IRS
Detailed information regarding EIPs can be found on the IRS website. If you have not yet received your EIP, check your status using the IRS “Get My Payment” tool. If you are not required to file a tax return you may still be eligible for an EIP. Please visit the IRS Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here free tool no later than May 17, 2021 to determine your eligibility and payment amount.
Individuals and families may be eligible for financial support through COVID-19-related rental and mortgage assistance programs. Seeking such relief first can help extend your available funds for other needs and expenses. If you live in Howard County, click here for more information regarding housing assistance, including eligibility requirements. Also, see the other FAQs on this page for recommendations for particular items such as utilities, car loan, credit cards and student loans.
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