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    Every day is world back up day in my workflow.
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    If you can break the politics rule, we can break your rules.
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    Again, please keep opinions out of this thread. There should only be information and links shared here regarding help for cinematographers during the COVID-19 economic crisis. The stimulus bill expands Unemployment Insurance to cover self-employed individuals. Depending on the individual State's Unemployment system, how you prove which job(s) you've lost varies. Some may have been given a verbal lay off (ie the producers told everyone in person that the show is being canceled), some may have it in writing (email from producers saying show is canceled), and others may just have no calls coming in (in this case, citing industry news sources and showing history of work compared to today can indicate the unemployment). Regardless, the bill directly says that self-employed individuals are covered under the federal expansion of Unemployment Insurance. https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/748/text#H97CF349D361342F895E939CF0579F8A0 https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/748/text#H94475F15C4074D4388A3AA2FA6EAC731 For 2019, the tax deadline has been pushed to July 15th. One can file their 2019 taxes to use for the stimulus bill, but they are not required to pay the 2019 taxes until the July 15th deadline. If one hasn't filed their 2018 taxes yet, then they should do so now. However, the above 2019 tax deadline changes do not apply to 2018 taxes and the individual will most likely have to pay what is owed in taxes plus whatever penalties apply. The text of the law (H.R. 748) does not directly say that 2018 taxes must be paid before receiving any benefits of this legislation. It's generally assumed by all that one must pay all taxes eventually; if an individual wants to receive tax-payer money, they should be paying their taxes. Some states, counties, and cities across the country are banning evictions, some banks are allowing deferrals on mortgages/loans, and the Dept. of Education has suspended payments to federal student loans until 9/30/2020. These short term measures are being put into place to soften the financial burden Americans have until the relief comes. None of this means that those payments disappear; like the tax deadline, they're just pushed back until later. A mortgage or student loan will simply end later than expected, for example.
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    Right, but it doesn't cover businesses or "employer" taxes. Many professionals have their own businesses, that's how they deal with liability and reduced tax burden. Businesses need to pay by the April 15th deadline. The "extension" is only for personal taxes. Look at it from my examples please. I had a booking to shoot a short film in March. It was a week-long project that was going to net some decent money. There was a text message that said "project canceled" and that was it. There is no way you can quantify those losses, it's impossible. There is no contract, no texts or e-mails to quantify the amount that I would have earned. That stuff generally doesn't come until a few days before the shoot and it was suppose to happen this previous week. How about this one. You're currently on a project and you haven't been paid because payroll isn't operational. I have that same problem right now. I'm owed several thousand from a freelance gig and they aren't paying. How do I quantify that? Send the IRS invoices? They don't care. I also rent cameras, so now my rental business is dead. I usually average 4 - 6 rentals a month, but I don't keep electronic records. I keep a paper trail for insurance reasons, but it could all be made-up. There is nothing to verify that I've lost 3 months worth of business on that front, it's impossible for me to tell the IRS that. So unless you're working on big shows that had the ability to send out notices of "shut down" before they closed house, unless you have verified contracts that show what you were suppose to earn, unless you have proof that's what you NORMALLY earn, I have a feeling the IRS is going to walk away from giving any benefits. I'm anxious to see what happens when people apply. I'm ok because I have another source of income that's steady for now. Yes, but that doesn't work. People are being sent letters from landlords demanding they hand over the government checks when they're received as payment. Do you think landlords aren't going to kick your ass to the street the moment the economy is back up and running? If you don't pay, all you're doing is prolonging the inevitable future of you being kicked to the curb. Suspending student loans is great, but for instance, my student loans were not federal. So I don't think that's going to help everyone sadly.
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    Here is the actual press release from the IRS: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/tax-day-now-july-15-treasury-irs-extend-filing-deadline-and-federal-tax-payments-regardless-of-amount-owed In regards to Unemployment Insurance, what qualifies as losing employment is defined in the law (LINK) The three bolded items directly apply to nearly everyone in the film industry. In terms of your short that you lost (sorry, by the way), you at least have the text message that the project has been canceled. Though nothing was agreed on payment, you can reference your historical wages for similar gigs via prior invoices, tax returns, etc. Regardless of how much you would've been paid, the federal government will give you $600 a week so long as you can continue to show that you are unemployed and actively looking for work. In my prior experience with California Unemployment, you actually receive a call from the Employment Development Department to discuss your eligibility; this is where I've been able to explain my situation and how the film industry operates when it comes to hiring and turnover. If you have an employer who hasn't paid through their payroll because it isn't operational, then you should contact the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement and explain that your employer is not paying you on the regularly scheduled paydays. Failure to pay you within the California Labor Code is a misdemeanor. If a company hasn't fulfilled an invoice to you, then I recommend keeping in as much contact with them as possible, particularly the accounting department and project manager you've been working with. The Freelancers Union has an excellent resource for client nonpayment. If this issue still can not be resolved, then you may have to go through small claims court, but at this point you may need to get a lawyer involved. In terms of a rental business, showing historical data isn't too difficult if you've already got a paper trail with your insurance company. However, if your rental business isn't established as a company and does not file taxes as a company, then it is considered part of your individual income and won't increase your amount of unemployment from the federal government (it's max $600/week). If you do have a legally formed business and are seeking funds to fulfill payroll, pay bills, etc, then I recommend visiting the US Chamber of Commerce's Coronavirus Small Business Guide. A landlord has no legal jurisdiction over the government checks. Landlords are legally owed rent payments and banning evictions for a short period of time doesn't mean rents for those months are no longer owed; banning the evictions gives renters time to gather funds to meet their financial obligations to pay rent while they wait for the unemployment and stimulus checks. Eviction laws vary by state and unpaid rent is the biggest grounds for eviction. However, it's becoming clear (in CA) that late payment during the COVID-19 economic crisis will not qualify for eviction so long as the rent is paid eventually in a reasonable amount of time. Only law enforcement can enforce evictions and, in California, Governor Gavin Newsom has banned evictions and the enforcement thereof. LINK I hope these links and resources help you during this tough time! We're all in this together.
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