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Relief for Business

Washington Business and Payroll Tax Reporting affected by COVID 19. 

Introduction
Many of the state and city agencies are offering extensions for filing and/or payments for monthly and quarterly filers.
The Department of Revenue – Monthly filers need to request 60 day extensions for Feb and March 2020.  Q1 2020 filing and payments extended to June 30, 2020.  2019 Annual filing and payment extended to June 15, 2020.
City of Seattle – Q1 and Q2 2020 filing and payment extended to October 31, 2020.
Department of Labor & Industries - No filing extensions but 90 day payment plans available.
Employment Security Department – No filing extensions but penalty waivers available for late payment.
City of Shoreline – Q1 and Q2 filing and payments extended to October 31, 2020.
City of Bellevue – Q1 and Q2 filing and payments extended to October 31, 2020.

Details
L&I:
Unable to pay quarterly report on time, always file report on time to prevent L&I from estimating and collecting a higher estimated tax and contact L&I your account manager in advance if knowing you will not be able to make your quarterly premium payment. 
If you have a good payment record, you maybe given extra time to make your payment. If your payment is already overdue, call the number 1-800-301-1826 
Businesses can request for their payment to be deferred for up to 90 days, or can ask for a 90-day payment plan. Either way, the delayed payments will be penalty and interest free.
https://lni.wa.gov/agency/outreach/employer-assistance-program
DOR:
Covid-19 Relief addresses a broad range of taxes and programs: Business and occupation tax, real estate excise tax assessments, leasehold excise tax, forest tax, and tax deferrals for biotechnology and medical device manufacturing. 
Monthly filers: Request an extension for paying tax returns (even if the request is after the due date) by sending a secure email in your My DOR account or by calling Revenue’s customer service at 360-705-6705, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
New! Quarterly filers: The Quarter 1, 2020 return is now due June 30, 2020
New! Annual filers: The Annual 2019 return is now due June 15, 2020
Upon request, Revenue will work with taxpayers that are impacted by COVID-19 to adjust payment plan amounts or extend payment dates 30 to 60 days. If payment is extended, additional penalties that would have normally accrued during the extension period will be waived. 
https://dor.wa.gov/about/business-relief-during-covid-19-pandemic

City of Seattle
The City of Seattle is deferring B&O tax filings for 1st and 2nd quarter for small businesses. This means if your B&O taxable revenue for 2019 was less than $5 million, you may file your 1st and 2nd quarter revenue on your 3rd quarter tax return in October.
https://www.seattle.gov/Documents/Departments/FAS/BusinessLicenseTax/FilingExtension.pdf
City of Shoreline
The City has issued a temporary waiver/suspension of B&O and Gambling Tax reporting and payment deadlines. The new deadline for 1st and 2nd quarter 2020 is October 31, 2020. 
http://www.shorelinewa.gov/government/departments/administrative-services/tax-licensing/business-occupation-tax

ESD:
Quarterly filings still need to be filed on time 04/30/2020. If you can’t file or pay timely, please submit a “Request a Penalty waiver” in writing. Employer’s help line 877-504-5607.
Direct Text from the site:
Quarterly filing and responding to requests for information
We need your tax reports—filed early or on time—more than ever before. An unprecedented number of Washingtonians are applying for unemployment and your reports are crucial to finding out if they can establish a claim. Quarterly tax reports are due April 30, 2020.
We know you're experiencing this crisis too. We are offering more leniency to employers who can't file on time because of COVID-19. You will need to request a penalty waiver in writing.
What if I am late in filing tax reports, paying taxes, or responding on time to requests for information as a result of COVID-19?
Late reports and responses impact benefit claims. At the same time, we know COVID-19 has disrupted operations for many businesses.
We’ve made emergency rules to offer more leniency for meeting UI deadlines.
We may now waive penalties for responses that are late because of COVID-19.
Please do everything you can to provide information on time.
You will need to request a penalty waiver in writing.
Getting help over the phone  
How do I talk to someone about my employees' claims? 
You can reach the employer line in the claims center at 877-504-5607. Claims center hours have been extended to Sunday through Saturday, 7 AM through 7 PM. If you’re having a hard time getting through on the phones, use our web services. If you have a problem that can only be fixed over the phone, please keep trying. Our dedicated experts are here for you, even if they’re hard to reach right now. 
https://esd.wa.gov/newsroom/covid-19-employer-information
State and City Business and Payroll Tax Resources – Bottom ON WA PAYROLL TAX TAB, Additional info for clients to click on

Department of Revenue
https://dor.wa.gov/about/business-relief-during-covid-19-pandemic
https://www.business.wa.gov/site/alias__business/1561/covid-19.aspx

City of Seattle
http://www.seattle.gov/Documents/Departments/FAS/BusinessLicenseTax/FilingExtension.pdf

Department of Labor & Industries
https://lni.wa.gov/agency/outreach/employer-assistance-program

Employment Security Department
https://esd.wa.gov/newsroom/covid-19-employer-information
https://esd.wa.gov/employer-taxes/tax-penalty-waiver

City of Bellevue
https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/city-managers-office/communications/emergencies/covid-19/business-resources

City of Shoreline
http://www.shorelinewa.gov/government/departments/administrative-services/tax-licensing/business-occupation-tax