Health Alert – Information on IRS Coronavirus Tax Relief and Economic Impact Payments

The U.S. government has recently authorized a federal stimulus package in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic which provides for a stimulus check for most U.S. taxpayers. To determine whether you qualify, and to check your payment status, U.S. taxpayers are advised to direct questions to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and to visit the IRS website: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus-tax-relief-and-economic-impact-paymentsThe Embassy does not have an IRS representative and cannot answer questions regarding individual qualification or distribution of funds. For more information, please see the Internal Revenue Service’s press release.

The U.S. Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) are providing special tax filing and payment relief to individuals and businesses. The filing deadline for tax returns has been extended from April 15 to July 15, 2020. The 2019 income tax filing and payment deadlines for all taxpayers who file and pay their Federal income taxes on April 15, 2020, are automatically extended until July 15, 2020. This relief is automatic, taxpayers do not need to file any additional forms or call the IRS to qualify. For those who can’t file by the July 15, 2020 deadline, individual taxpayers are able to request an extension to file their return from the IRS. For more details visit: www.irs.gov/coronavirus

U.S. citizens with questions about their eligibility to file for unemployment are advised to visit the U.S. Department of Labor website at www.dol.gov/coronavirus. Each state sets its own unemployment insurance benefits eligibility guidelines, find details of your state’s program here

The U.S. Embassy Port of Spain further advises U.S. citizens that the Government of Trinidad and Tobago’s Stay at Home order remains in effect until April 30.

For reliable and updated information regarding the current situation in Trinidad and Tobago please continue to check the Embassy website at tt.usembassy.gov. We will continue to update this information frequently, and encourage U.S. citizens to visit the embassy  COVID-19 information page and U.S. citizen alerts on recent topics, including information on how to request extensions of stay (visas) for Foreign Nationals, the Stay at Home order, and the recent virtual town hall on ACS services.

U.S. citizens experiencing symptoms, or who have reason to believe they have been exposed to COVID-19 are advised for their own health to stay at home and contact the Trinidad and Tobago Ministry of Health at +1 (868) 627-1047; 1 (868) 623-8492; +1 (868) 627-0010; +1 (868) 627-0012; +1 (868) 627-0014, and follow their instructions.  Government officials in Trinidad and Tobago have taken significant steps to mitigate risk and ensure the health care system will be available to those who require life saving measures. For more information on the GOTT response please visit releases from the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago’s Ministry of Health.

If you need emergency assistance contact the embassy by email at ACSPOS@state.gov or by telephone at 868-622-6371.   Examples of emergency services include a report of death abroad, a U.S. citizen arrest, or a U.S. citizen victim of crime. Please do not come to the embassy without contacting us in advance.

The U.S. Embassy Port of Spain encourages all U.S. citizens in Trinidad and Tobago to complete the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at https://step.state.gov/step/. STEP is a free service to help the U.S. Embassy contact American citizens in an emergency.

For the most up to date information from the U.S. Embassy Port of Spain in real time, please also check the embassy’s Facebook Page, Instagram (@USinTT), and Twitter feed (@USinTT) and the embassy’s website.

Actions to Take:

Assistance:

U.S. Embassy Port of Spain
15 Queen’s Park West
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Telephone + (868) 622-6371
Emergency + (868) 622-6371, then press 1.
Fax + (868) 822-5955
Email: acspos@state.gov
Website: tt.usembassy.gov