COVID-19 - Updates & Resources (Updated March 18, 2020)
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FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR BUSINESS OWNERS
The federal Small Business Administration (SBA) may be able to provide assistance through the Economic Injury Disaster Loans program to businesses that have suffered substantial economic injury in an eligible disaster area. Congress approved up to $7 billion in low-interest disaster loans specifically to assist small businesses impacted by COVID-19. These loans can help small businesses meet financial obligations and cover operating expenses.
The Washington State Department of Revenue (DOR) can work with impacted companies that request an extension on tax filing. The law grants the Department authority to extend the due date for excise tax returns. A business may request such an extension from the Department prior to the due date of the return, and, if granted, the business would be allowed to delay reporting and paying its tax liability. If a business needs an extension of more than 30 days, the law requires the Department to collect a deposit from the business. The amount of deposit required is based on the business’ reporting history and how many reporting periods are covered under the extension WAC 458-20-228 (13). Contact DOR at 360.705.6705
DOR may also waive penalties under limited circumstances if a business is late in paying its tax obligation. The law also grants the Department authority to provide a one-time, 24 month, late payment penalty waiver if the business has not owed a late payment penalty during the previous 24 months WAC 458-20-228 (9). Contact DOR at 360.705.6705.
DOR may also work with businesses that cannot file or pay their taxes on time if they are impacted by a declared state of emergency. When a state of emergency or disaster has been officially declared, affected businesses that owe Washington taxes may qualify for:
- A filing extension for excise tax returns (without the limitations described above); and/or
- A late payment penalty waiver request (without the limitations described above)
- The state is working to compile a larger list of local bankers, financial associations, telecoms, utilities and major employers that may be able to provide relief, such as:
- Deferred bills, waived fees, discounts, no-interest loans and other support.
- Debt and late-penalty forgiveness for companies and workers in order to help keep people employed.
- Favorable credit terms for firms that encounter cash flow problems.
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR EMPLOYEES
The Washington State Employment Security Department (ESD) can provide support in the form of unemployment benefits. For employers that want to keep from losing highly-trained employees, these unemployment benefits can be received through, or while covered by, Shared Work, Partial Unemployment and Standby (which allow certain workers to collect unemployment while remaining with their employers and not actively seeking other jobs).
ESD’s Paid Family and Medical Leave program can provide paid leave benefits for Washington workers who need to take time off from work due to a serious health condition or to care for a family member with a serious health condition. Certification by a healthcare provider is required for applications for Paid Family and Medical Leave due to a serious health condition.
If COVID-19 disrupts a Washington business and causes a mass layoff or closure, ESD and its local workforce development board partners can respond with Rapid Response services and funding to help impacted workers get connected to unemployment benefits and re-employment services, including re-training, worker support services, and referrals to other social services.
402 S Valley St, Port Angeles, WA 98362
(360) 452 8568
Monday 11 am – 6 pm, Wednesday & Friday, 11 am – 2:30 pm
144 W Alder St, Sequim, WA 98382
Available to anyone living within the Sequim School District boundaries, ID required
826 E 1st St, Port Angeles, WA 98362
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 3-7 pm
Saturday 4-7 pm
206 S Peabody St, Port Angeles, WA 98362
Food Bank: Tuesday – Thursday 2 – 3:30 pm
Soup Kitchen: Monday – Friday, Breakfast: 8:00 – 9:00 am, Lunch: 12 – 1 pm
132 E 13th St, Port Angeles, WA 98262
110 E 7th Ave, Port Angeles, WA 98362
EMERGENCY HELP FOR FOOD ASSISTANCE
112 N Lincoln St, Port Angeles, WA 98362
2634 S Francis St, Port Angeles, WA 98362
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8 am – 2 pm
Tuesday & Thursday 10 am – 2 pm
Emergency food pantry. Please call ahead and inform them what you need
Hours may vary due to COVID 19 response