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IRS Announces Effective Date for Tax Credits Related to COVID-19 Paid Leave

Publisher: Day Pitney Alert
March 31, 2020

Notice 2020-21, released on March 27, provides that the tax credits for paid family and sick leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the Act) will apply to wages paid between April 1 and December 31, 2020. As detailed in our earlier alert, employers providing paid family and sick leave under the Act are entitled to refundable tax credits which are designed to immediately reimburse them for the cost of providing COVID-19 related leave and maintaining health insurance coverage for affected employees. The Act provides that the tax credit applies only to wages paid with respect to the period beginning on a date selected by the Treasury Secretary within 15 days following enactment (March 18) and before December 31. Notice 2020-21 states that the date selected by the Secretary is April 1. This is also the effective date of the paid family and sick leave provisions under the Act, as announced in recent Department of Labor guidance (summarized in a separate alert).

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