Wednesday, November 8, 2017

California Offers Reporting Relief to Employers Affected by Disasters

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PNN: CA Disaster relief

In addition to payroll tax relief, the state of California is offering reporting relief to employers affected by recent natural disasters, including wildfires, for reporting unclaimed wages and unemployment insurance (UI) requests for information.

Unclaimed Wages
The Unclaimed Property Division (UPD) of the Comptroller’s Office announced that any holder (employer) that could not submit the Holder Notice Report by the November 1, 2017, deadline due to recent hurricanes or wildfires could file a Holder Request for Extension of Due Date. In California, unclaimed wages become abandoned after one year (see The Payroll Source®, §5.5) [UPD, Quarterly Newsletter for Holders, Fall 2017].

UI Requests for Information
Employers affected by recent wildfires that could not respond timely to an Employment Development Department (EDD) request for information on a current or former employee who has filed for UI benefits should still provide the required information. They should provide an explanation regarding the specific reason the business could not respond in a timely manner and include the county and name of the fire that affected the business. More information is available on the California Employment Development Department (EDD) website [EDD, Tax Branch News No. 360, 10-24-17].

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