A plan for lifting Texas’ stay-at-home order and ways to avoid economic impact payment scams were points of discussion at the latest coronavirus telephone town hall hosted by U.S. Rep. Van Taylor, R-Plano.

Taylor was joined by officials from the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Labor and state representatives for residents of the congressman’s congressional district to ask questions on April 15.

Texas stay-at-home order update

An Allen resident called to ask about Texas’ plan to reopen the state after California Gov. Gavin Newsom identified on April 14 six key indicators for modifying its stay-at-home order.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is expected to release a plan April 17 for lifting Texas’ order, state Rep. Candy Noble said.

“I’m looking forward to seeing what [Abbott’s] plan is to be able to let as many people go back to work safely as they can,” Noble said during the town hall. “I’m looking forward to Texas getting back to work.”

In Collin County, a task force is preparing for the reopening as well, state Sen. Angela Paxton said.

County Judge Chris Hill announced April 13 he appointed the Collin County Economic Recovery Task Force last week to get families back to work and to develop guidance promoting economic recovery.

Taxes and economic impact payments

As many are filing their taxes and expecting their economic impact payment, commonly referred to as a stimulus check, an IRS district congressional liaison said it is important to be on the lookout for scams.

These scams can come as a text message, direct email or social media message with an attachment, the liaison said. These attachments can contain malware that can take over a computer.

Those eligible for an economic impact payment should visit the IRS website, the liaison said, to submit direct deposit information if it is not already on file. If not, the payment will be mailed as a check.

With many IRS employees teleworking, the liaison said those filing their taxes need to do so electronically as paper tax returns may take significantly more time to process.