File for a Stimulus Payment now even if you don’t normally file taxes!

Even if you don’t normally file taxes, you should file for a stimulus payment right away. You could get money from the IRS even if you don’t have earnings!

The IRS has sent out two stimulus payments to help people get through the COVID-19 pandemic. It will send out a third payment soon. The IRS has sent out $1,800 to most people so far: $1,200 in 2020 and $600 at the beginning of 2021. It will soon send out $1,400, plus more money for children and dependent adults.

Most people with Social Security Numbers qualify for this money, but lots of people haven’t received all of the money they should have.

If you file your taxes this year, it will help you get all of money you and your family are owed. It will also help you get future payments.

File now: the filing deadline is May 17, 2021.

Here’s why you should file for a stimulus payment as soon as possible:

  • If you don’t usually file taxes because you don’t have earnings from work or you get disability benefits, you might not have gotten all of the money you and your family are owed. You can get your stimulus payments by filing taxes now.
  • The rules about who can get stimulus payments keep changing. Even if you did not qualify for a stimulus payment before, you might qualify for one now. You should file taxes to see if you are owed money, and to make it easier to get money in the future.
  • If you lost your job or your income dropped in 2020, you should file taxes so the IRS has your recent income information. You might qualify for more money based on your lower income.
  • If you have children living with you as of 2020, you may be eligible for another payment later in 2021. You can qualify for this money by filing your 2020 taxes.
You may not have to pay any money to file your taxes. Many people can get help for free.

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2021 SD Minimum Wage Requirement

See SDLC60-11-3 and 60-11-3.2. Employers with tipped employees must pay a cash wage of no less than $4.725 per hour, which is no less than 50% of the state minimum wage. See SDCL 60-11-3.1. South Dakota state minimum requirements apply to all employees; however, no minimum wage requirements apply to independent contractors.

Additional information from the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation available at

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Unemployment and Wage Losses During the COVID-19 Pandemic

What can you do if you are out of work due to COVID-19? You may qualify for South Dakota Reemployment Assistance. The Department of Labor assesses each case on an individual basis. To apply for RA benefits, apply online at or call (605) 626-3179. For more information from the Department of Labor regarding COVID-19, visit: *The contents of this post…

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COVID-19 Information and Resources

COVID-19 Resources

As the COVID-19 crisis has evolved, more information and resources for those affected have become available. Below is a list of important resources to help you and your family during this time.

Below is a list of resources available during the Covid-19 closures in Sioux Falls and surrounding areas.

General Resources

CDC Information

Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about the Coronavirus, such as how it spreads, what common symptoms are, and how to protect yourself:

The CDC has given guidance on whether it is safe to travel within the US, and has advised non-essential travel and to stay away from places with community spread of Coronavirus or travel that involves being in close contact with others:

School at home (K-12)

HUGE list of amazing educational resources

Scholastic Learn at Home


Food pantries

School breakfast and lunch meals

Delivery of household necessities – detergent, diapers, t. paper, hygiene products, food

Mental health and anxiety

Local Mental health resources

Mental health

Meditation apps for kids

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

CDC - Mental health and coping COVID-19


COVID-19 Relief Fund

One Sioux Falls fund – rent/mortgage assistance. There has been a fund established in the Sioux Falls area for those unable to pay rent and other expenses due to the impacts of the Coronavirus that do not qualify for federal housing assistance:

Income Tax Relief -


City of Sioux Falls

Better Together Sioux Falls Facebook group

Local Sioux Falls churches have also come together to bring food and supplies to those in need during the pandemic. Follow this link to request assistance or to volunteer in the distribution efforts:


Reemployment Assistance (formerly Unemployment Insurance) due to COVID-19

Job opportunities

Government agency resources


East River Legal Services (civil legal issues) –

Access to Justice State Bar Pro Bono Program (civil legal issues) –

South Dakota Network (domestic violence) -

Ask Questions to SD lawyers anonymously – SD Free Legal Answers –

Entertainment – virtual tours while social distancing

Museum tours

Zoos and aquariums, museums and theme parks


Questions about COVID-19???

COVID-19 Information Line –   or call #1-800-997-2880


Apply for Legal Assistance

Legal Services offices are limiting staff interaction with applicants and clients for the safety of our staff and clients, we are taking in applications for legal assistance online at

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Wills for Heros

Wills for Heros is a free monthly legal clinic for Veterans and their spouses to receive simple wills and Power of Attorney. This clinic is for income-qualifying individuals and is available by appointment only. You must call and schedule an appointment to meet with the attorneys on the day of the clinic.

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WORKS Program

Need help filing out UJS Divorce Forms?

Want a neutral third-party Mediator to assist you in discussing and resolving issues, such as custody & parenting time, for your Settlement Agreement Form?

The South Dakota State Bar is offering a program to help parties filing for Divorce in Minnehaha and Lincoln Counties by assisting with completing UJS Divorce forms and offering mediation services to help parties come to agreements. There is no charge for WORKS sessions.

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