You may remember receiving a newsletter and video from me earlier this summer regarding the newly created Long Term Care payroll tax. In those messages, I noted that you would be able to apply for an exemption to the tax.
Beginning today, October 1, 2021, those with a qualified plan may apply for an exemption at this link. The Employment Security Department will accept applications through December 31, 2022. However, if you are a W-2 earner and have not been granted an exemption by December 31 of this year, you will begin paying $0.58 per $100 of earnings in January 2022.
I know many of you feel very strongly about this tax and I recognize there are numerous questions surrounding the exemption process and timeline as well as other lingering questions such as if veterans’ benefits qualify as an exemption. We still do not have answers to these and so many other questions.
For those reasons, I recently joined a bipartisan group of 23 senators in a letter requesting the governor delay implementation of this tax. It is clear this program is not ready. Too many questions linger.
You can find more information about this issue at the ESD website. You can also review the bill here and see specifically which legislators voted in favor of and against it during the 2019 session.
As always, please contact my office if you have any questions or concerns.
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