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Government Support to Individuals and Households During Crises

April 20, 2020

Many countries are adopting programs to provide support to individuals in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has entailed unprecedented government-directed curtailment of economic activity. These programs are designed to provide cashflow support for individuals and households who may be struggling due to economic uncertainty and hardship. Measures to support individuals vary and either enhance cashflows or decrease required expenses. In the former category, countries have adopted measures to provide enhanced income support to the unemployed, direct payments to individuals, and favorable access to retirement savings. Tax cuts and filing extensions are examples of the latter. 

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