WAEAMA is closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19 here in Washington State and beyond. Information is being updated daily and it can be difficult to sift through all the communications you're receiving. We have created a dedicated COVID-19 page to collect resources, links to credible sources, and documents shared by our community. Information changes daily so be sure to check reliable sources frequently for updates and news.


Testing Patients for COVID-19
Materials for Patients
Infection Prevention and PPE

Stigma Reduction
Misinformation about coronavirus and COVID-19 can create fear and hostility that hurts people and makes it harder to keep everyone healthy. We’re stronger as a community when we stand together against discrimination. Take advantage of these resources to prevent, interrupt, and respond to stigma.

Emergency Volunteer Health Practitioners
The Department of Health is supporting enrollment and activation of emergency volunteer health practitioners for the COVID-19 response. The department can do this under the authority of the Uniform Emergency Volunteer Health Practitioner Act (Chapter 70.15 RCW). Under RCW 70.15.050, while an emergency proclamation of the Governor is in effect, a volunteer health practitioner who is licensed in another state may practice in Washington without obtaining a Washington license if he or she is in good standing in all states of licensure and is registered in the volunteer health practitioner system. These emergency volunteers will help meet emerging demands for health practitioners in areas impacted by COVID-19. Learn more...




Assistance for Taxes
Update on 3/27 from the AICPA regarding State Tax Filing Guidance for Corona Pandemic

June 15 - WA – annual return now due. Need request filing and payment extend monthly returns. Quarter 1 now due 6/30, and annual return now due 6/15 - on request - for annual businesses, waive penalties - business and occupation tax, real estate excise tax, and other taxes, delay assessments 30 days. The Department currently has the authority to waive interest through April 17, 2020. Please check back to see if this date gets extended. Please note that penalties and interest accrued prior to February 29, 2020, will not be waived. There will be no refunds for penalties and interest paid during the state of emergency. Businesses can request the relief above by sending a secure email in their My DOR account or by calling Revenue’s customer service staff at 360-705-6705, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Revenue will delay issuing new compliance assessments until mid-April and reassess then. This delay includes tax warrants, notices of withhold and deliver, and revocations. 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. The Department will delay scheduling audits of businesses that have gross income of less than $5 million in the past year, or are a type of business specifically identified in the Governor’s proclamation, until mid-May. Revenue will reevaluate at that time. For audits in progress, Revenue staff will work with you to either issue the audit or provide an extension of up to 60 days based on your preference. The Department will waive penalties for late non-profit applications and renewals for exempt property through April 17, 2020.

IRS
Employers receive 100% reimbursement for paid leave pursuant to the Act
  • Health insurance costs are also included in the credit.
  • Employers face no payroll tax liability.
  • Self-employed individuals receive an equivalent credit.
Small Business Loans and Grants
Small Business Disaster Relief:
Break down of information for the stimulus bill:
Small Business Emergency Grant Program - more information coming soon

Disaster Assistance Now Available to all Washington Small Businesses Economically Impacted by COVID-19

Seattle Area Resources Links for information regarding businesses and individuals effected by COVD-19 Student Loans



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Recent COVID-19 forum posts