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Federal Legislation


  • Paycheck Protection Program From SBA
    While many extensions and flexibilities were enacted with recent legislation, one date still remains: the last day a PPP loan application can be approved is June 30, 2020. That means now is the time to apply for a PPP loan before time runs out.
  • Employee Retention Credits
    The CARES Act provides payroll tax credit equal to 50% of up to $10,000 of qualified wages per employee paid from March 13, 2020 through December 31, 2020. Employers are eligible for the credit for any quarter in which they have either had to fully or partially suspend operation of business because of governmental orders due to COVID-19.
  • Employer Social Security Deferment
    The CARES Act provides for the delay of payment of Employer Social Security tax incurred between March 27, 2020 and December 31, 2020. 50% of the deferred tax payments are due on December 31, 2021 and 50% is due on December 31, 2022.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Sick and Emergency Leave Tax Credits

FFCRA mandates that employers provide paid sick and emergency leave but allows for the amount paid to be used as a credit against payroll taxes.

You can track leave wages paid to employees using specially configured earnings code set up by PayNorthwest for you in the system. Contact us now to get these leave earnings codes set up in the system for you.


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Federal Restrictions on Relief Programs

Paid Leave

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan amounts cannot be used or forgiven for FFCRA wages covered by credit.

Employee Retention Credit

Employee Retention Credit (ERC) cannot be combined with PPP loans.

ImportanLegislative Responses that Affect Payroll & HR