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The COVID-19 pandemic began as a public health crisis, but it quickly evolved into a serious economic downturn. While we have seen some positive news as of late, many Americans are still suffering under the burden of severe financial challenges.

Today, we’re sharing a guide assembled by Forbes to provide updated information on how to protect your financial health during this unprecedented time in our world. Helpfully organized by subject and last updated on April 24, it provides links to a multitude of Forbes resources and information on both individual and small business relief efforts.

If you need help navigating the new circumstances that we find ourselves in, read on to learn how to best protect your financial interests in the time of coronavirus.

Resources for Income Replacement

Self-Employed And Struggling? How To Choose Between UI And A PPP Loan

New IRS Tool Lets You Track Your Stimulus Check, Update Direct Deposit

If You Haven’t Filed A Tax Return, Register For Your Stimulus Check Here

5 Reasons You Might Not Get A Stimulus Check

Your Guide To Benefits In The CARES Act Federal Stimulus

Answers To The Most Common Questions About Stimulus Checks

Don’t Worry. The $1,200 Stimulus Check Won’t Cut Your Refund Next Year

When Your File Your 2019 Return Could Affect The Size Of Your Stimulus Payment

What You Need To Know About Expanded Unemployment Benefits

What’s In The $2 Trillion Stimulus Bill

Do You Qualify For Paid Sick Leave Under The Families First Act?

Understanding Tax Implications

Tax Aspects Of The Stimulus: An Explainer For The Truly Curious

IRS: You Have Until July 15 To Make 2019 Contributions To Your IRA or HSA

Updated List Of State And Federal Tax Office Closings, Extensions And Relief

The Delayed Federal Tax Filing And Payment Deadline

Working From Home? Your Home Office Expenses Probably Aren’t Deductible.

With Stock Market Crashing, A Primer On Taxation Of Gains And Losses

Little Known 9/11 Tax Provision Should Allow Employers To Help Workers With Disaster Expenses, Tax Free

Housing and Mortgage Assistance

Mortgage Forbearance: What To Know Before You Delay Payment

When Does A Cash-Out Refinance Make Sense?

Home Buying And Selling In These Uncertain Times

Mortgage Payment Relief Tracker

How To Turn Your Home Equity Into A Backup Plan With A HELOC

Student Loan Relief

What To Do If Your Student Loans Aren’t Eligible For Coronavirus Relief

Seeking Public Service Loan Forgiveness? What The CARES Act Means For You

FAQ On Coronavirus Relief And Your Student Loans

FAQ On Current College Students And Coronavirus Relief

Congress Just Created A 6-Month Student Loan Payment Holiday. Should You Take It?

With New Relief For Federal Student Loans, Don’t Rush To Refinance

Banking Questions

How To Protect Your Credit Score During This Crisis

How To Keep Your Info Secure As Banking Goes Online

How To Get Cash And Bank Services As Branches Close

What Banks Are Doing For Customers In Need

Insurance Topics

Looking For Life Insurance? Here Is What Has Changed

How To Buy Life Insurance During The Pandemic

Car Insurance Companies Start Offering Refunds Because So Few Are Driving

You May Have Longer To Make That Insurance Payment 

Consumers Are Panic Shopping For Life Insurance

What May And May Not Bungle Your Life Insurance Application Right Now

Retirement Planning

Under COVID-19 Relief, A Couple Could Take $400,000 From Retirement Accounts Penalty Free

Smart Moves To Make—And Mistakes To Avoid—With Your 401(k) Now

What To Do If Your Employer Suspends Matching Contributions To Your 401(k)

How To Turn Congress’ Suspension Of 2020 RMDs Into Tax Savings

The Current Crisis Is Turning Into A Retirement Fire Drill

A Shelter-In-Place Order Could Be A Test Run For Early Retirement

What You Should—And Should Not—Do With Your Retirement Accounts

If You’ve Still Got A Job, Should You Stop Contributing To Your 401(k)?

It’s Time To Have An Updated Living Will, Health Proxy And HIPAA Release

With Coronavirus Shutting Social Security Offices, Here’s How To Get Help

Boomers’ Retirements Will Be Permanently Altered. Here’s How

Should You Take Social Security Early To Weather The Crisis?

Personal Finance

Six Things To Do With Your Stimulus Check

Don’t Fall For These Coronavirus 5 Money Scams

Self-Care: 7 Ways To Indulge Yourself Without Breaking The Budget

Five Smart Steps To Take Now To Retool Your Budget For Tough Times

Six Essential Money Moves To Make In Uncertain Times

Four Mind Tricks To Avoid Investing Mistakes In A Downturn

Credit, Spending & More

You Can Now Check Your Credit Report For Free Weekly. Do It

How To Navigate Touch Free Payment Methods

Cut Credit Card Costs: 3 Easy Ways To Save

No, Losing Your Job Won’t Affect Your Credit Card

Tracker: At-Home Services Being Made Available For Free During The Crisis

A Budget-Friendly Guide To Streaming Services While You’re Stuck At Home

Cash Back Versus Flexible Bank Points: Which Option Is Best Now?

The Best Credit Cards For Food Delivery Services

What To Do If You Have A Negative Balance On Your Credit Card

Credit Cards That May Come In Handy If You’re Quarantined While Traveling

How To Earn Rewards Now That You Can Use Once Travel Is Back

March Apple Card Payments And Interest Waived For Those Affected By Crisis

Small Business Assistance

Plain Talk On The Paycheck Protection Program For Small Business

The Ultimate Small Business Work From Home Guide

How To Calculate Payroll Costs For Your Paycheck Protection Loan

Three Issues That Need To Be Resolved About Paycheck Protection Loans

Free Money For Small Business? Beware The Legal Risks

Consider Alternatives To The Paycheck Protection Plan Loan

Should You Apply For A Forgivable Paycheck Protection Loan Or A Tax Credit?

How To Get Cash For Your Small Business Through The CARES Act

Updated List Of Small Business Relief Programs

Charitable Giving

New Tax Break For Charitable Giving Included In Stimulus

Where, What & How To Donate (And Deduct)

Lending To Family? Avoid These Tax Landmines

How To Make Masks For Healthcare Workers

Travel Questions

What To Do If An Airline Won’t Refund Your Cancelled Flight

6 Things You Need To Do About Cancelling Travel

Flight Cancelled? Don’t Rush To Rebook Or Accept A Voucher

Reevaluating Summer Travel Is Easier Said, Then Done

Master List Of All Major International Airline Change And Cancellation Policies 

How Online Travel Agencies Like Airbnb And Travelocity Are Handling Bookings

Answers to Travel Insurance Questions

Master List: How Airline And Hotel Loyalty Programs Are Responding

As we continue to sail these rough waters together as a nation and as a global community, more challenges may yet arise. We will continue to share what we believe to be the most useful information to help you navigate the financial landscape in the age of COVID-19. Educating yourself and utilizing guidance from the experts will allow you to best protect your money during this uncertain time.