By Kevin Edwards BC Staff Writer Gov. Tate Reeves has signed an executive order to help displaced workers access unemployment benefits more easily due to the coronavirus pandemic. The one-week waiting period for unemployment benefits has been waived for claims made between March 8 and June 27. Work search benefits normally necessary to be considered for unemployment insurance will be waived until June 27. Collection activities including but not limited to interception of state tax refunds, payment agreements, enrollment of liens, tax garnishments, and overpayment garnishments are suspended until June 27. Reeves said in a press conference last week for citizens to continue in attempts to contact the Mississippi Department for Employment Security if they are having trouble reaching them, and that the office is doing their best to expand their ability to address needs. The MDES phone number is 888-844-3577. Federal relief is also coming by way of the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act, which was signed by President Donald Trump last week, estimated at targeting nearly $2 trillion in economic aid to individuals and businesses. For individuals, the package is highlighted by a refundable tax credit. Individuals will receive a non-taxable $1,200 credit while joint filers will receive $2,400. Taxpayers with children will receive $500 per child. The rebate begins to phase out for individuals making $75,000, heads of household making $112,500 and joint fillings making $150,000. It will phase out completely for individuals making $99,000 and joint filers making $198,000. There is no minimum income needed but the check will be based on your 2018 or 2019 tax return, whichever has been completed most recently. The checks will be delivered via direct deposit or mail. It will take longer for mailed checks to get to you. The IRS and Treasury Department are working on a web portal for taxpayers to provide their direct deposit information to avoid this hassle. If your information is already on file, there is nothing else you need to do. Unemployment benefits have been increased by $600 per week and is expanding eligibility. The law also sets up an Economic Injury Disaster Loan fund through the Small Business Administration to help small businesses faced with financial difficulties due to coronavirus-related closures. The IRS and Treasury Department are warning of scams that are emerging regarding the stimulus checks. Do not share your bank account information over the phone. Do not respond to any requests from callers claiming to be the IRS or collectors looking for your stimulus check. More than six million jobless claims were filed nationwide last week, which doubled the previous record of 3.3 million the previous week. That record was nearly five times the previous record of 695,000 set in 1982.