Tax Department – From The Texas Workforce Commission Website
Due to COVID-19, the due date for the 1st Quarter 2020 tax reports and payments is extended to May 15, 2020.
Due to the unprecedented amount of internet traffic on both our claimant and employer systems, PLEASE DO NOT START FILING your 1ST Quarter 2020 TAX REPORT UNTIL after APRIL 15, 2020.
This will allow uninterrupted internet access for individuals filing for unemployment and help ensure employers have access to their online accounts.
The Texas Workforce Commission has determined that a Texas employer’s account will not be charged for any claims filed due to COVID-19.
Benefits paid to a former employee as a result of COVID-19 will not be included in the employer’s future tax rate calculations.
Please note employers will receive a Notice of Maximum Potential Chargeback regarding the reason for claimant separation(s). Employers should provide a detailed reason to assist our Benefits Department in making any COVID-19 Chargeback determinations.
The following is also a consideration:
- if a business has closed temporarily or permanently, a Mass Claim may need to be initiated
- If employee hours are reduced, layoffs can potentially be avoided through TWC’s shared work program
Additionally, Reimbursing Employers are excluded from any Chargeback protections as outlined in 205.011(2) and 204.022 of the Texas Unemployment Compensation Act.
Please refer to the following items for more information on actions taken by TWC.