Council on Aging Daily Update - Williamstown, MA
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Council on Aging Daily Update

Update, April 2nd, 2020

Today is the day after National Census Day so if you haven’t done it yet, get to it!

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If you drive or know someone who does, effective April 1, 2020, the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles says that  all passenger and dealer plate registrations that expired in March and passenger plates that are expiring in April have been extended for 60 days. Registrations that expired in March have been extended until May 31 and registrations that expire in April have been extended until June 30. Registration renewals can continue to be performed online at Mass.Gov/RMV. There will be no in-person renewals at this time.

All Driver’s Licenses, ID cards, and Learner’s Permits, including Commercial Licenses and Permits that have expired or are expiring between March 1, 2020 and April 30, 2020, have had a 60-day extension applied to the current expiration date and do not need to be renewed at this time. 

This does not apply to customers whose end of stay in the United States is the same as the expiration date on their Driver’s License, ID card, or Learner’s Permit

The annual motor vehicle and emissions inspection stickers that expire on March 31 and April 30 have been extended 60 days and all motorcycle inspection stickers originally set to expire on May 31 must be inspected by June 30. The RMV is also extending the time during which newly registered vehicles must be inspected based on the purchase date.

Now they tell me….

More good news; The Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service  announced that Social Security beneficiaries who are not required to file tax returns will NOT need to file an abbreviated tax return to receive an Economic Impact Payment. Instead, payments will be automatically deposited into their bank accounts. “Social Security recipients who are not typically required to file a tax return do not need to take an action, and will receive their payment directly to their bank account,” said Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin. That’s a quote folks. He said it.

The IRS will use the information from Form SSA-1099 and Form RRB-1099 to generate $1,200 Economic Impact Payments to Social Security recipients who didn’t  file tax returns in 2018 or 2019. Recipients will receive these payments as a direct deposit or by paper check, whichever way you usually receive your Social Security.

Governor Baker made an appeal for Massachusetts residents who are able to donate, to donate blood to help save lives. There will be a blood drive at MountainOne Investment on 296 Main Street in Williamstown on Thursday, April 9th from 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM. That’s the site of the former Howard Johnson Restaurant, not the other one, FYI…Donors need to be healthy without any symptoms of cough, cold, fever…The drive is being facilitated by Berkshire Health Systems, appointments are appreciated, 414.447.2597, extension 2  is the number to call or you can reserve electronically at;

Speaking of Berkshire Health Systems, if you have COVID-19 concerns, contact your primary health care physician., as only that individual can authorize testing at this moment. BHS has set up a helpline to answer any questions about this pandemic, or any other health care issues for that matter. Call them at 855.262.5465.

That’s it for today. Stay safe out there.