December 2023 Storm
The best thing Vermonters can do is support clean up efforts. Those who can volunteer their time, please do in support of your local community.
Much like the flooding in July, it is best to document damage you encounter as you clean up with pictures and notes. Also, please keep receipts for all incurred costs. It will be important to have this documentation for your insurance company or in the event the state receives a federal disaster declaration.
Vermont Emergency Management is continuing to assess damage. It is not yet known if this storm will meet the damage threshold for a federal disaster declaration.
To support this damage assessment, you can report storm damage to Vermont211.org. On that page you will find links to a “Resident Form” and a “Business Form”.
If you are unable to access the internet, you can call 2-1-1, but online reporting is preferred. Again, the primary use of this information will be in the assessment of the scope of flood damage statewide.
BUSINESS ASSISTANCE FOR JULY 2023 FLOOD
FEDERAL DISASTER LOAN ASSISTANCE
- Economic Damage Assistance: Economic injury loan applications due May 6, 2024.
Visit the Business Recovery Center in person or disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/ela/s/ or call 1-800-659-2955
- Small Business
- Small agricultural cooperative
- Most private nonprofit organizations
Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) through the State of Vermont Department of Labor, provides temporary benefits to individuals whose employment or self-employment has been lost or interrupted as a direct result of a major disaster and who are not eligible for regular unemployment insurance (UI).
Individuals residing, working, or scheduled to work in Chittenden, Lamoille, Rutland, Washington, Windham, and Windsor counties may be eligible for DUA benefits. All applicants must apply for regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) before applying for DUA benefits. VDOL will determine if people who are applying for regular UI benefits qualify, and if not, those applicants will be given the ability to apply for DUA.
To ensure the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding DUA, applicants are encouraged to visit the official Vermont Department of Labor website at https://labor.vermont.gov/dua.
Governor Phil Scott has directed the Commissioner of Taxes to extend Vermont tax deadlines for Vermonters impacted by the severe flooding of July 2023. Taxpayers impacted by flooding and unable to meet Vermont tax deadlines between July 7, 2023, and November 15, 2023, will now have until November 15, 2023, to file and pay taxes.
Taxpayers impacted by the flood do not need to contact the Department of Taxes to request extensions for the tax types listed below. Due dates between July 7, 2023 and November 15, 2023 will automatically be extended for taxpayers impacted by the flooding for:
- Corporate and business income tax, including estimated payments
- Sales and use tax
- Meals and rooms tax
- Payroll withholding tax
- Estimated personal income tax payments, originally due September 15, 2023
- Filing of 2022 Vermont personal income taxes with a valid federal or Vermont extension
Those with Vermont tax obligations beyond what is listed above, due between July 7 and November 15, 2023, can request extensions by contacting the department’s Taxpayer Services Division for assistance. Note that in some cases, the department may ask for proof of hardship to grant extensions.
The tax relief summarized above is for those impacted by July’s severe flooding. Taxpayers not impacted by the flood are expected to file and pay taxes by their original due dates.
BUSINESS RESOURCES AND GUIDES
Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) Storm Recovery and Resource Center
Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC) dedicated web page, Flood Resources for Small Businesses, which includes the Disaster Recovery Guide for Business.