COVID Monday

Reynolds extends deadline for unemployment insurance first quarter payment

DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 15 additional positive cases of Iowans with COVID-19, for a total of 105 positive cases. There have been a total of 2,043 negative tests to date, which includes testing reported by the State Hygienic Lab and other labs.

According to IDPH, the locations and age ranges of the 15 individuals include:
Allamakee County, 1 adult (18-40 years)
Dubuque County, 1 adult (18-40 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years)
Hancock County, 2 older adults (61-80 years)
Johnson County, 1 middle-aged adult (41-60 years), 2 older adults (61-80 years)
Linn County, 1 adult (18-40 years), 1 middle-aged adult (41-60 years)
Muscatine County, 1 middle-aged adult (41-60 years)
Polk County, 1 adult (18-40 years), 1 middle-aged adult (41-60 years)
Wapello County, 1 older adult (61-80 years)
Woodbury County, 1 middle-aged adult (41-60 years)

Johnson County (Iowa City) and Polk County (Des Moines) account for nearly have the cases.

Gov Reynolds announced as a press conference Monday afternoon that first quarter unemployment taxes (paid by employers) that are due April 30 will not be “late” until July 31. Employers who have 50 or fewer employees and have no delinquencies in quarterly payments are eligible.

“Iowa’s small businesses are the lifeblood of our communities and the engine behind our economy,” Reynolds said. “Now more than ever we need to make sure they have the ability to manage their cash flow.”

“More than 95 percent of businesses in Iowa, or 72,264 employers, have 50 or fewer employees. They employ a total of 417,536 Iowans and pay approximately $4.2 billion in wages. Providing an extension to paying unemployment insurance taxes will help the vast majority of employers during this difficult time,” said Iowa Workforce Development director Beth Townsend.

Employers must notify IWD of their intent to delay their first quarter payment by April 24.

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