COVID-19 FAQs

This page is updated to the best of our ability, but additional information is becoming available daily.  This page does not constitute legal, tax, or HR advice.  We are not an Human Resources firm and recommend All Things HR here in Lynnwood.

Tax Deadlines:

Instead of April 15, the following are now due July 15:

  • Federal Income Tax return filing
  • Tax due on 2019 personal income tax returns
  • First quarter 2020 personal estimated tax payments
  • Contributions to Traditional or Roth IRAs, or HSAs, for 2019

Business owners:

SBA Loans may be available to assist you:

https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance

Comparison of PPP and EIDL programs:

https://www.kbkg.com/recent-news/emergency-loan-programs-comparison-chart-eidl-vs-ppp

WA State 10k grants for businesses impacted:

http://startup.choosewashingtonstate.com/covid-grants/

Employers:

Please post this new required poster:

https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/WHD/posters/FFCRA_Poster_WH1422_Non-Federal.pdf

You are required to pay employees that aren’t working due to their own illness, the illness of a close family member, or (to a lesser extent) due to the closure of child care facilities and schools. There is a payroll tax credit to reimburse you for these wages.

Paid sick leave is required (up to 80 hours, if full-time):

https://images.magnetmail.net/images/clients/NSACCT_1/attach/IR2057.pdf

And then Paid Family Medical Leave is required for up to 10 weeks (at 2/3 normal pay). There is a payroll tax credit to assist you with these wages as well.  We don’t have information yet on the relationship between this emergency federal paid leave (to be paid by employers – even small ones) and WA State’s Paid Family Medical Leave program.

Here is a great rundown on employer sick and family medical requirements:

https://gusto.com/blog/people-management/families-first-coronavirus-response-act#Employer_tax_credits_for_providing_these_benefits

Here is a great FAQ from Labor & Industries on what you can and can’t do as an employer:

https://lni.wa.gov/agency/outreach/paid-sick-leave-and-coronavirus-covid-19-common-questions

Laid off employees:

Please check here to see if you are eligible for unemployment.  You may be eligible even if you were part-time or a gig worker:

https://esd.wa.gov/newsroom/covid-19

Self-employed:

You may be eligible for benefits under unemployment (see Laid off employees, above). A federal income tax credit may apply if you were unable to work due to the shutdown of nonessential businesses or for childcare reasons. 

Stimulus Check questions:

https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/economic-impact-payments-what-you-need-to-know

Last updated: 4/7/20