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Ducey: Arizona tax deadline extended; unemployment guidelines expanded

FILE - This Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020 photo shows the W-4 form in New York. The majority of individual taxpayers in the U.S. are eligible to file their taxes for free, yet many may be unaware or confused by how to do so.   Improvements have been made and Free File should be easier to use in 2020. But, with tax season getting into full gear, users should be aware of the details of the service and alternatives. (AP Photo/Patrick Sison, File)

PHOENIX — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced Friday night that he has signed action that will change unemployment guidelines and extend the deadline to file state taxes.

The deadline for 2019 taxes will now be July 15 instead of April 15, the same change for federal tax returns that Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin announced Friday.

Unemployment benefit guidelines have also been temporarily altered.

Ducey signed an executive order to waive the one-week waiting period after an employee loses a job before applying for unemployment benefits. The work search requirement was also waived.

Those who work at a business that has temporarily closed, have had their hours reduced, or are quarantined because they or a family member tested positive for coronavirus will also be eligible for unemployment insurance.

Employers will not see an increase in payment to the unemployment insurance fund for these employees.

“The state of Arizona will continue to take proactive measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 and protect public health,” Ducey said in a statement. “These are important steps to get help to Arizonans out of work and struggling to make ends meet because of COVID-19. These are just some steps out of many we will continue to take to support Arizonans in need during this time — and Arizona will get through this together.”

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To help contain the spread of COVID-19 health officials have issued the following recommendations:

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water.
  • Refrain from touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Don’t make close contact with sick individuals.
  • If you are sick, stay home.
  • Cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue and throw the tissue away.
  • Clean and disinfect objects that are frequently touched.

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