Roundup: Unemployment benefits / Bayou Region Incubator / IRS

    Tallied up: Louisiana has paid about $550 million in unemployment benefits so far this year, the Louisiana Workforce Commission reported Friday. The U.S. Department of Labor also said Friday it would send Louisiana almost $2 million to combat fraud in federally funded unemployment benefits programs, The Center Square reports. Since mid-March, the LWC says it has paid more than $7.5 billion in unemployment benefits to about 800,000 unemployed or underemployed workers, reflecting unprecedented demand during the COVID-19 pandemic and response. Read the full story. 

    Slowing coastal loss: A Houma-based nonprofit is working to alleviate two of the biggest problems facing south Louisiana: disappearing jobs and a disappearing coast. The Bayou Region Incubator seeks to help businesses in Terrebonne, Lafourche and St. Mary parishes launch and grow, paying special attention to those dealing with coastal erosion, Houma Today reports. The organization intends to house startups in a subsidized space. It will help them save on internet, utilities, conference rooms and office space. And it will offer services such as financial planning, funding options, marketing training and mentoring. Read the full story.  

    No extension: When the coronavirus pandemic hit in full force in March, it upended normal life in a very meaningful way. Given that chaos, the IRS postponed 2020’s tax-filing deadline from April 15 to July 15. Not only were taxpayers given an extra three months to submit their returns, but they also got three more months to pay any tax debt they owed without incurring interest or penalties. However, the IRS confirmed this week that it will not push back the April 15 deadline this year, USA Today reports