Washington State Tax Updates

WA DOR:

New or updated info pages have been posted to explain state treatment of:

Drop Shipments

Gift Cards / Layaway programs

They’ve also updated the Voluntary Disclosure Program pages.

The state also clarified that, in order to qualify for the Senior/Disabled Property Tax Exemption, the property must be the principal place of residence of the person claiming the exemption (occupied over 6 months of the year).

Employment Security

On Dec. 27, 2020, the federal stimulus that changes and extends CARES Act unemployment benefits was signed into law. The Employment Security Department is working to deliver Washington’s Pandemic Relief Payment (PRP) program this week and the newly extended federal benefits, which begin the week of Jan. 3.

We’ll be updating this page with the newest info and sharing on social media. Customers should watch for directions about next steps via email and their preferred method of communication, eServices or postal mail.

For now, claimants should:

  1. Continue filing weekly claims. Learn more about filing a weekly PUA claim for the week ending Dec. 26.
  2. Watch for updates on this page and messages in eServices.
  3. Do not call our unemployment claims center with questions—call volume remains high.
    If you absolutely must call the claims center about another issue, we encourage you to try throughout the day, and not just at 8 a.m. when we open. That’s when we receive the most calls.

(Updated Dec. 28, 2020) https://esd.wa.gov/newsroom/covid-19

WA Paid Family Medical Leave

When a small employer (under 50 employees) has an employee go out of Paid Family Medical Leave, they may apply for $1,000 – $3,000 grant to help cover the costs related to that employee’s absence (a temp worker, additional payroll for existing employees, etc.). If the grant is approved, the employer then just needs to pay the employer portion of the PFML premium for the following 12 quarters. PFML will issue a bill for that.

Taxation of Benefits

WA Labor & Industries:

Nothing new this month, beyond the minimum wage increase to $13.69 reported last month. If you’re interested in stories about fines assessed, they can be found here: https://lni.wa.gov/news-events/#