COVID-19 Business Resources

Palm Beach County Cares Act for Businesses

Restart Business Grants 

Wellington business owners may be eligible to receive grant funds & forgivable loans to help lessen the financial burden suffered due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, and get your businesses back up and running.

Palm Beach County has set aside $60 million to help businesses through the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act) Restart Business Grants Program.

The plan includes using $50 million to help small businesses that have 25 employees or less and $10 million to help businesses that have more than 25 employees. Each business can get up to $25,000.

Eligible Uses

  • Salaries/Payroll
  • Inventories
  • Commercial Lease, Mortgage, or Rent Payments
  • Utilities
  • Other Expenses - due to new safety provisions

Apply Today 

We encourage you to prepare for the Restart Program Application as they will be processed on a first-come, first eligible basis. The online application is expected to launch on Friday, May 22, 2020, at 8:00 AM, and will be accessible through the Palm Beach County website.

Restaurant Requirements Temporary Outdoor Seating 

In accordance with the latest Governor’s Executive Order, Wellington has launched the Restart Wellington recovery plan, which temporarily allows restaurants to expand their business footprint on sidewalks and parking facilities without meeting certain Village code and permit requirements. Emergency Order Number 5 specifies requirements for business within the Village. Visit our Restaurant Requirements Temporary Outdoor Seating page for more information. 

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IRS

Treasury, IRS and Labor announce plan to implement Coronavirus-related paid leave for workers and tax credits for small and midsize businesses to swiftly recover the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave

The U.S. Treasury Department, Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and the U.S. Department of Labor (Labor) announced that small and midsize employers can begin taking advantage of two new refundable payroll tax credits, designed to immediately and fully reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave to their employees. This relief to employees and small and midsize businesses is provided under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Act), signed by President Trump on March 18, 2020. 

For more information please visit the IRS website.

Tax Day now July 15: Treasury, IRS extend filing deadline and federal tax payments regardless of amount owed

The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service announced today that the federal income tax filing due date is automatically extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020.

Taxpayers can also defer federal income tax payments due on April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020, without penalties and interest, regardless of the amount owed. This deferment applies to all taxpayers, including individuals, trusts and estates, corporations and other non-corporate tax filers as well as those who pay self-employment tax.

Taxpayers do not need to file any additional forms or call the IRS to qualify for this automatic federal tax filing and payment relief. Individual taxpayers who need additional time to file beyond the July 15 deadline, can request a filing extension by filing Form 4868 through their tax professional, tax software or using the Free File link on IRS.gov. Businesses who need additional time must file Form 7004.

The IRS urges taxpayers who are due a refund to file as soon as possible. Most tax refunds are still being issued within 21 days.

"Even with the filing deadline extended, we urge taxpayers who are owed refunds to file as soon as possible and file electronically," said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. "Filing electronically with direct deposit is the quickest way to get refunds. Although we are curtailing some operations during this period, the IRS is continuing with mission-critical operations to support the nation, and that includes accepting tax returns and sending refunds. As a federal agency vital to the overall operations of our country, we ask for your personal support, your understanding – and your patience. I’m incredibly proud of our employees as we navigate through numerous different challenges in this very rapidly changing environment."

The IRS will continue to monitor issues related to the COVID-19 virus, and updated information will be posted on a special coronavirus page on IRS.gov.

This announcement comes following the President’s emergency declaration last week pursuant to the Stafford Act. The Stafford Act is a federal law designed to bring an orderly and systematic means of federal natural disaster and emergency assistance for state and local governments in carrying out their responsibilities to aid citizens. It was enacted in 1988.

Treasury and IRS will issue additional guidance as needed and continue working with Congress, on a bipartisan basis, on legislation to provide further relief to the American people.