Mar 23, 2020 5:33 PM

Eagle launches new website to help local businesses during crisis

Posted Mar 23, 2020 5:33 PM
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At Eagle Radio of Hutchinson, we are committed not only to serving our listening and online audiences, but also helping our business partners and advertisers during this difficult time. 

Already, in this time of social distancing, we see businesses across the area working hard to take care of their employees and customers by creating a safe shopping, dining or service environment. Getting the message of those efforts out to the public not only helps protect businesses, but assists in instilling a sense of confidence and calm to the community in the face of the serious situation before us.

“Across each of our markets in Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri we at Eagle Communications pledge to help our communities to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Local businesses want you to know they are taking the necessary measures to provide a safe place where you can shop, dine out and support your local community during this difficult time,” Kurt David, president and CEO of Eagle Communications, said. “Go to helpstopthespread.org for a list of local businesses who have taken the pledge to help stop the spread.”

To help “get the word out” about local businesses, Eagle Radio of Hutchinson is offering a free directory of businesses that “Take the Pledge to Stop the Spread” by following the simple guidelines put forth by the World Health Organization.

Businesses in each of our markets pledge to keep the following standards of safety:

1.  Make sure your workplaces are clean and hygienic.

2.  Promote regular and thorough hand-washing by employees, contractors and customers.

3. Promote good respiratory hygiene in the workplace.

4. Advise employees and contractors to consult national travel advice before going on business trips.

5. Brief employees, contractors and customers that, if COVID-19 starts spreading in your community, anyone with even a mild cough or low-grade fever (100.4 degrees or higher) needs to stay at home. They should also stay home (or work from home) if they have had to take simple medications, such as paracetamol/acetaminophen, ibuprofen or aspirin, which may mask symptoms of infection.

Visit www.helpstopthespread.org to access a list of businesses who have taken the pledge. To have your business added to the free listing, contact your Eagle Radio of Hutchinson representative or call 620-662-4486. 

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Mar 23, 2020 5:33 PM
Emergency will have impact on tax law, but it's still fuzzy, says Ag Law professor

By NICK GOSNELL

Hutch Post

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — A tax law professor from Washburn University says it's important to watch Congress for changes after the filing and payment deadline has been moved back to July 15 for this year.

"We may see more developments concerning that," said Roger McEowen, the Kansas Farm Bureau Professor of Agricultural Law and Taxation at Washburn University School of Law. "There was a provision put in some late 2019 legislation, the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, that had a provision in it that puts an automatic trigger on the tax code provision anytime that the President declares an emergency or a disaster area, then there's an automatic shut off of the tax provisions for that particular area until 60 days after the emergency or disaster is declared over. There is no geographic limitation on that."

Since the President has declared a nationwide disaster, that could present some issues.

"The Treasury secretary and the IRS have not fully accepted that yet," McEowen said. "They missed the provision in the disaster legislation. That's why you saw initially the payment deadline move, but not the filing deadline. It was pointed out to them that, look, you can't do that. They both automatically move. It's until 60 days after the declaration's over. Well, they haven't accepted that fact yet, so that could still move."

Also, the CARES legislation, which is the latest response from Congress to the COVID-19 crisis is still alive and working and changes could come through that.

"The question is, how long is it going to take?" McEowen said. "That's the problem I woke up to this morning. The other side of the aisle now wants to propose their own bill. Once you do that, that really grinds things down pretty slowly in the Congress. We'll see. This may take some time. However, they really don't have time to get this done. They need to put the politics aside and get things done."

There are also discussions about everything up to a full on tax holiday that remain on the table as long as the legislation isn't in its final form, according to McEowen, but what comes out in the end remains to be seen.