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Articles regarding the 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic.

15 07, 2021

Expert provides answers for Oklahomans curious about upcoming child tax credit payment

2021-07-14T15:26:05-05:00July 15th, 2021|COVID-19|0 Comments

Read this article at KOCO online and watch video Expert provides answers for Oklahomans curious about upcoming child tax credit payment Perris Jones  Long-awaited payments will hit Oklahoma parents' bank accounts this week as the IRS's child tax credit payment will go out Thursday. Things will look a little different this year for Oklahomans who [...]

11 07, 2021

Money-Smart Moves for the Advanced Child Tax Credit Payments

2021-07-08T15:36:37-05:00July 11th, 2021|Budgeting, Consumer Protection, COVID-19|0 Comments

FREE WEBINAR: Advanced Child Tax Credit We invite you to join a free webinar about the upcoming Advanced Child Tax Credit (CTC) monthly payments from the IRS that will start in July. This webinar will be held on Monday, July 19 from 3:00 - 4:00 Central. This webinar will provide you with information on CTC [...]

7 07, 2021

FAQs About the Child Tax Credit

2021-07-07T14:17:04-05:00July 7th, 2021|Consumer Protection, COVID-19, Financial|2 Comments

Automatic Payments for the Child Tax Credit Start on July 15th - Here's What You Need To Know So what is the child tax credit and how is it changing? Traditionally, the child tax credit provides parents a credit on their taxes for each child under 17. If your tax credit exceeds the amount of [...]

28 06, 2021

All About the Child Tax Credit Payments

2021-06-24T21:35:13-05:00June 28th, 2021|COVID-19, Financial|0 Comments

Millions of Americans Are About to Get $3,600 in New Stimulus — Are You One of Them? While a fourth stimulus check might not be in the cards, a new $3,600 benefit for millions of Americans will now be on its way come July. New direct monthly payments will be disbursed as part of an expanded [...]

24 06, 2021

SCAM ALERT: If You Get This Message From the IRS, Don’t Open It

2021-06-24T21:39:57-05:00June 24th, 2021|Consumer Protection, COVID-19, Scams|1 Comment

If You Get This Message From the IRS, Don't Open It New Tax Credit has scammers clamoring to take advantage of you. Scam callers claiming to be from the IRS are a dime a dozen. While tax season has come to an end, you might be gearing up to receive the IRS' child tax credit [...]

26 05, 2021

Stimulus Perk Helps Pay for Your WiFi and Laptop

2021-05-26T09:20:22-05:00May 26th, 2021|COVID-19|0 Comments

Stimulus Perk Helps Pay for Your WiFi and Laptop The Federal Communications Commission recently introduced the Emergency Broadband Benefit program for families who meet certain income criteria. Through the program, families may receive up to $50 per month toward their broadband service and associated equipment rentals. Households on qualifying tribal lands may receive as much [...]

18 05, 2021

Child Tax Credit Calculator Shows How Much You’ll Get in Monthly Payments from IRS

2021-05-18T12:52:58-05:00May 18th, 2021|Calculator, COVID-19, Kids Corner|2 Comments

Child Tax Credit Calculator Shows How Much You'll Get in Monthly Payments from IRS Yesterday was tax day, so hopefully, you managed to get your taxes in on time so that the IRS knows how many dependents you have, what your income was last year, or if you missed a stimulus payment so you can take [...]

13 04, 2021

Forgiveness Information for PPP Loans

2021-06-14T13:22:49-05:00April 13th, 2021|COVID-19, Small Business|0 Comments

Links to Forgiveness Applications FORM 3508S FORM 3508-EZ FORM 3508 Forgiveness conditions of the Paycheck Protection Program The funds from your PPP loan can be used for the following purposes: Payroll—salary, wage, vacation, parental, family, medical, or sick leave, health benefits Mortgage interest—as long as the mortgage was signed [...]

13 04, 2021

Am I eligible for the new round of PPP?

2021-04-13T15:36:24-05:00April 13th, 2021|COVID-19, Small Business|0 Comments

Am I eligible for the new round of PPP? Companies with 300 or fewer employees who suffered a 25% drop in any quarter’s revenue from 2019 to 2020 are eligible for the second round of PPP. This means a 25% or more reduction in gross income from any quarter in 2020 relative to that same [...]

13 04, 2021

Pandemic Assistance for your Small Business

2021-04-13T15:13:19-05:00April 13th, 2021|COVID-19, Small Business|0 Comments

Need pandemic assistance for your small business? Here's a rundown of several economic relief programs that are available. Despite the improved numbers for new cases and deaths compared to the peak of the pandemic, COVID-19 continues to have an outsized impact on small businesses. The passage and signing of the American Rescue Plan Act in [...]

17 03, 2021

Homeless Americans can get their $1,400 stimulus check

2021-03-17T13:25:40-05:00March 17th, 2021|COVID-19|0 Comments

Homeless Americans who don’t have a fixed address or bank accounts will have to jump through an array of hoops to claim their payment If you are homeless, you can go to a tax return office where they will file something called EIP return. They will put the money on a debit card after, What [...]

12 03, 2021

Stimulus Checks Round 3 Arriving Soon

2021-04-09T10:34:57-05:00March 12th, 2021|COVID-19|0 Comments

Stimulus Checks Round 3 Arriving Soon: Key Things To Know The IRS and Treasury will begin processing and sending the $1,400 stimulus checks as soon as this weekend. But not everyone will get their money at once. The $1,400 stimulus checks are officially arriving this weekend -- that is, for some of the people qualified to receive [...]

5 03, 2021

PPP Loan Applications Online

2021-09-20T13:50:28-05:00March 5th, 2021|COVID-19, Green Country News, Small Business|0 Comments

No Longer Accepting PPP Applications UPDATE May 5, 2021 | Green Country FCU is no longer accepting PPP applications as the SBA-backed program has run out of funds. Any applications approved but not yet funded will still be processed. This does not affect PPP loans funded.   Here’s a rundown of several economic relief programs [...]

28 02, 2021

Self-Employed Apply for a PPP Loan Now!

2021-02-28T23:38:30-06:00February 28th, 2021|COVID-19, Small Business|0 Comments

Self-employed and gig workers could get bigger loans under new PPP rules.  It just got easier for businesses with less than 20 employees to obtain a PPP loan. The Government changed how the Small Business Administration's Paycheck Protection Program calculates forgivable loans for the smallest firms and sole proprietors. The updated formula — which will likely [...]

29 01, 2021

Scam Alert – COVID Vaccinations & Oklahoma Vaccine portal

2021-01-29T13:22:46-06:00January 29th, 2021|COVID-19, Fraud|0 Comments

As the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out continues, it’s important to be on the lookout for scams. The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FINCEN) recently issued a new warning about vaccine scams: Beware of scams offering early access to vaccines for a fee. Keep an eye out for phishing scams where scammers email or text you with phony [...]

18 01, 2021

Farmers/Ranchers Eligible for PPP Loans

2021-01-18T22:19:55-06:00January 18th, 2021|COVID-19, Green Country News, Small Business|0 Comments

Farmers gain greater access to small business support as PPP reopens Farmers who run their operations as sole proprietors, independent contractors, or otherwise self-employed individuals will have newly expanded access to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) under changes made in the COVID stimulus package Congress approved last month. Producers who were denied PPP loans or [...]

18 01, 2021

Paycheck Protection Program Loans Now Available

2021-01-27T11:28:07-06:00January 18th, 2021|COVID-19, Small Business|0 Comments

Notice: Paycheck Protection Program resumed January 11, 2021 at 9am ET SBA, in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, reopened the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for First Draw PPP Loans the week of January 11, 2021. SBA will begin accepting applications for Second Draw PPP Loans on January 13, 2021. I'd like more information about PPP [...]

14 01, 2021

PPP-Application

2021-01-16T08:30:38-06:00January 14th, 2021|COVID-19, Small Business, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Update January 14, 2021 Paycheck Protection Program applications are open again There are two applications available:   First Time Borrower Application - You did not receive a PPP loan in 2020 APPLY NOW - PPP First Time Borrower Second Time Application  - You received a PPP loan in 2020 2nd Time Borrower Application [...]

5 01, 2021

New stimulus package makes it easier to qualify for food stamps.

2021-01-05T15:17:47-06:00January 5th, 2021|COVID-19|0 Comments

New stimulus package makes it easier to qualify for food stamps. Here’s what you need to know Millions of Americans report not having enough money to pay for food during the pandemic. The latest Covid relief package expands food benefits, giving further aid to millions of Americans who are facing financial difficulty because of the [...]

5 01, 2021

When will you get your stimulus payment and how?

2021-01-05T09:24:57-06:00January 5th, 2021|COVID-19|0 Comments

People can check the status of both their first and second payments by using the Internal Revenue Service's Get My Payment online tool. When will you get your stimulus payment and how? A second round of stimulus payments are on the way and many eligible families are expected to receive the money this month. The first payments started [...]

1 01, 2021

Lobbies Closing – COVID Update

2021-02-15T19:15:20-06:00January 1st, 2021|COVID-19, Green Country News|0 Comments

UPDATE 2/15/2021 - Lobbies will ReOpen March 1st Now that staffing levels are back to almost normal and we're seeing a decline in community-wide COVID-19 cases, we will reopen our lobbies for in-person services on Monday, March 1st. UPDATE 1/28/2021 - LOBBIES CLOSED After reviewing staffing levels and community case levels, we have decided to [...]

31 12, 2020

Second Round Stimulus Checks Start Soon

2020-12-31T08:51:29-06:00December 31st, 2020|COVID-19|0 Comments

Will you get a stimulus check? And when? Check your payment status here: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment The $600 stimulus checks from the latest Covid relief bill are officially on their way to bank accounts. The IRS also confirmed that initial direct deposits began December 30th and will continue through next week. “Some Americans may see the direct [...]

27 11, 2020

Masks are now required in Green Country branches

2020-11-24T16:21:16-06:00November 27th, 2020|COVID-19, Green Country News|0 Comments

Updated - Friday, November 27, 2020 Sand Springs City Ordinance Now Requires Masks in All Local Businesses In accordance with the recently passed City Ordinance No. 1359, face masks or coverings are now required in all Sand Springs businesses. We ask that you please help us comply with this new regulation by wearing a face-covering [...]

20 11, 2020

How to Make the Most of a Reduced Paycheck

2020-11-20T10:37:47-06:00November 20th, 2020|Budgeting, COVID-19, Financial|0 Comments

Bubbles burst, the economy falters, companies downsize, and personal disasters happen which can result in a reduced paycheck. Perpetual salary growth or even maintenance is simply not guaranteed. However, by adopting the right tools and attitude, you can make the most of a reduced paycheck and not just survive, but thrive. Determine whether your situation [...]

15 10, 2020

A New PPP Forgiveness Application is Out: What You Need to Know

2020-10-15T10:10:01-05:00October 15th, 2020|COVID-19, Small Business|0 Comments

The Application The 3508S is a one-page application, with a second page for demographic information. Instead of having to show your forgiveness amount calculation as you do on the 3508EZ, you simply certify seven things: The dollar amount for which forgiveness is requested does not exceed the principal amount of the PPP loan and: a) [...]

23 09, 2020

Relief from Federal Student Loan Payments Extended through the End of the Year.

2020-09-23T13:52:21-05:00September 23rd, 2020|COVID-19|0 Comments

If you lost your source of income or had reduced income because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, making payments on your federal student loans may be nearly impossible. With the extension of The CARES Act, those borrowers have relief from paying through December 31st. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) says if you have qualifying student [...]

25 08, 2020

Small-Business Owners: Don’t Forget Special Pandemic Tax Breaks

2021-09-20T13:59:32-05:00August 25th, 2020|COVID-19, Small Business|0 Comments

shared from the Wall Street Journal Whatever shape your business is in, here are tax moves to consider now Note: All are likely to require professional help but could provide big benefits. If you’re a small-business owner, don’t overlook tax breaks that could help this year—whether your business is on the ropes or is booming. [...]

21 08, 2020

Tips To Help Your Business Stay Afloat During Uncertainty with Guy Kawasaki

2021-09-20T14:01:14-05:00August 21st, 2020|COVID-19, Small Business, Uncategorized|0 Comments

We're sharing a post from A Daily Dose of OPTIMISM! recorded with Guy Kawasaki on LinkedIn Live. We hope you find this enlightening! In today’s conversation with Guy Kawasaki, entrepreneur, author of 15 books, marketing expert, and Silicon Valley venture capitalist—we discuss some of the tactical ways that entrepreneurs and CEOs can navigate leadership during the [...]

6 08, 2020

Keep Calm & Avoid Coronavirus Scams

2020-08-06T15:28:14-05:00August 6th, 2020|COVID-19, Fraud|0 Comments

There are so many COVID-19 scams circulating right now. Everything from stimulus money fraud to imposter contact tracers and everything in between. Stay aware and keep your personal information safe. Here are some tips from the FTC. KEEP CALM & AVOID CORONAVIRUS SCAMS Learn how to tell the difference between a real contact tracer and a scammer. [...]

24 07, 2020

COVID-19 Update

2021-05-05T09:37:35-05:00July 24th, 2020|COVID-19, Green Country News|0 Comments

Mask Mandate Lifted As of Monday, May 3, 2021, Green Country is following the lifting of city, county and state mask mandates and masks will no longer be required in our branch lobbies. We still encourage members to act responsibly and safely and follow CDC guidelines for social distancing, hand washing, and wearing masks when [...]

6 07, 2020

Guide to Mortgage Forbearance Under the CARES Act

2020-07-06T09:39:44-05:00July 6th, 2020|COVID-19, Financial|0 Comments

If you have been impacted by the national COVID-19 health crisis and are having trouble paying your mortgage payment, forbearance may be an option for you. Forbearance is offered by some lenders to borrowers who have experienced a financial hardship such as a loss of income or increased medical expenses. Eligible borrowers approved for forbearance [...]

30 06, 2020

Apply for Oklahoma Business Relief Program Today

2020-12-15T09:27:47-06:00June 30th, 2020|COVID-19, Green Country News, Small Business|0 Comments

Applications are no longer being accepted for this program. Oklahoma Business Relief Application & Guidelines Green Country is participating in the Oklahoma Business Relief Program (OBRP) which is a one-time grant for up to $25 million for qualified businesses. The OBRP is a state-level program administrated by the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. OBRP requires that [...]

29 05, 2020

5 Tips to Maximize PPP Forgiveness

2020-05-29T17:48:07-05:00May 29th, 2020|COVID-19, Financial, Small Business|0 Comments

Tip #1: Use the Covered Period for Payroll Costs A first tip to maximize PPP forgiveness? Use the eight-week covered period that starts when you get the PPP loan. Not the alternative covered period which starts the day the next payroll period starts. (You get to choose which eight weeks you look at.) The reason? [...]

21 05, 2020

Small Business Support through the Pandemic

2020-05-21T08:18:56-05:00May 21st, 2020|COVID-19, Financial, Green Country News, Small Business|0 Comments

Paycheck Protection Program Update Our commercial lending team has worked tirelessly since late March helping our small business members and new relationships stay afloat by utilizing the SBA's Paycheck Protection Program. To date, we've helped 90 business owners receive an average of $35,010 in what should be forgivable loans to pay employees and utilities. We've [...]

21 05, 2020

Coronavirus Stimulus Checks – When will you see your money?

2020-05-21T08:13:38-05:00May 21st, 2020|COVID-19, Green Country News|0 Comments

When will you see your Stimulus Check? Please note that Green Country FCU cannot see your stimulus payment until it is direct deposited or until you deposit a paper check. We do not have control over when these funds are deposited. The Internal Revenue Service started sending out stimulus payments this week and while some [...]

21 05, 2020

Small Business Relief – What is the Paycheck Protection Program

2020-10-20T15:33:17-05:00May 21st, 2020|COVID-19|0 Comments

► APPLY for the Paycheck Protection Program What is the Paycheck Protection Program? The Paycheck Protection Program is part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This is a nearly $350-billion program intended to provide American small businesses with eight weeks of cash-flow assistance through 100 percent federally guaranteed loans. Program highlights All [...]

15 05, 2020

Managing your money during the Pandemic

2020-05-15T14:14:14-05:00May 15th, 2020|Budgeting, COVID-19, Financial|0 Comments

The Covid-19 pandemic has forced many of us into financial situations that we could never have predicted. Country-wide shelter-in-place orders have left many without work, and businesses without customers. Now more than ever, it’s important to think about the way we spend or save every dollar we make. In some cases, the quarantine orders have [...]

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