Should I be collecting the payroll tax for WA Cares starting next week? That’s a question many employers are pondering. This is an important status update on Washington’s new long-term care program known as WA Cares from AWB (Association of Washington Business). Two weeks ago, Gov. Inslee and state legislative leaders released a statement saying they…

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The Build Back Better Act would do things that few could argue is good for many Americans.  Insulin costs would come down. Child tax credits would mean fewer kids go hungry. Health care access would be expanded. It doesn’t seem as if Build Back Better Act will pass the senate before the holidays and it…

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Inslee is looking at the possibility of a delay in WA Cares payroll tax set to be implemented in January. Many have complained about the program that unquestionably has issues and the governor is looking at pushing the pause button. He says that he does not have the power to make this decision himself, but…

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The current state of Biden’s Vaccine Mandate has some breathing a sigh of relief and others worrying about Covid spread. Regardless of one’s feelings about vaccination, the courts have made it clear that OSHA may be overstepping. The courts have ordered OSHA to “take no steps to implement or enforce” the ETS “until further court…

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Federal Courts are siding with opponents of the vaccine mandate and have put a pause on it. While the White House is asking businesses to continue to prepare for the mandate, set to begin in January, Federal Courts have other ideas. “Fatally flawed” is how the courts are describing it. That’s due, in part, to…

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Do you have questions about the Federal Vaccine Mandate that goes into effect in January for businesses with 100+ employees? You are not alone! Questions abound. A few examples include: Who counts in that 100 employee number? FTE only or part time employees too? (It’s both.) What if the business is a franchise? What about…

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While there’s no question that we’d love for business to be “back to normal,” there are plenty of questions about Biden’s vaccine mandates. President Biden has announced that all companies with more than 100 employees will need to require Covid vaccination or weekly testing. That could impact 80 million workers and employers who break the…

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While there’s still a chance that it could happen before June 30, we are now approaching Reopening Week. Inslee has stated, ““Many people, myself included, are eager for our state to fully reopen. I have said repeatedly we are going to do this on June 30 or when we hit 70% of people 16 and…

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President Biden signed a bill that bill that recognizes Juneteenth as a federal holiday. The holiday commemorates the end of chattel slavery in the United States. “Throughout history, Juneteenth has been known by many names: Jubilee Day, Freedom Day, Liberation Day, Emancipation Day, and today, a national holiday,” said Vice President Harris. Juneteenth dates back…

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More information about the WA Cares Act is starting to trickle out. The chamber first told you about it last fall. Washington is the first state to sign a Long Term Care Act into law. Governor Inslee has signed the LTC Trust Act into law, following approval in the House (55-41) and Senate (26-22). While there are…

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The 2021 Legislature adjourned on Sunday and we will likely see some upcoming tax increases. Capital Gains Tax The Legislature adopted Senate Bill 5096, a 7% capital gains tax for capital gains of $250,000 or more from the sale of stocks and other investments. While this sounds like it is a tax on only the…

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Eligible employers can now receive a paid leave tax credit for allowing their workers paid time off for Covid vaccines. Small and midsize employers, and some governmental employers, can claim refundable tax credits. These credits reimburse businesses for the cost of providing paid time off for COVID-19 vaccinations. Additionally, they include leave taken to recover…

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A short-term extension of property tax may be a bit of relief for certain businesses. Businesses that can show a loss of a quarter of their revenues due to Covid can apply for the extension. Additionally, qualifying businesses will not need to pay penalties or interest. To request an extension and a payment plane, be…

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Roll back relief grants are now available to qualifying businesses and non profits. On Friday, April 16, restrictions rolled back to Phase 2 of the Healthy Washington Reopening. That means reducing capacity for indoor activities back down to 25%. These restrictions significantly impact businesses such as restaurants and gyms. Pierce County has created a grant…

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Last week we let you know about House Bill 1368 and now it is signed! Today’s press release from the governor outlines an overall picture of the funds in the bill. The bill provides:  $714 million in assistance for K-12 schools $618 million for public health’s response to COVID, including testing, investigation and contact tracing;…

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Washington State Legislature’s House Bill 1368 proposes offering more needed relief for our small businesses. Of the included $2.2 billion in federal dollars to be distributed by the state, $240 million is expected to go to Washington employers. An individual business could receive up to $75,000. Other money would go to food banks, schools and…

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