On March 8, 2020, Governor Kate Brown announced an emergency declaration under ORS 401.165 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19, Executive Orders addressing the safety and health of Oregon citizens were issued in the weeks following the initial emergency declaration.
We know that many employers had to reduce staff, limit operations, or in some instances temporarily close their business until further notice, and that you may be facing challenges as the economy recovers.
The Oregon Employment Department is offering relief to any business subject to Unemployment Insurance Tax affected by the pandemic and the measures taken to slow its spread. If an employer is unable to pay their unemployment insurance taxes fully for the first quarter of 2020 (for which the statutory deadline for payments was April 30, 2020) because of COVID-19 related factors, the Department will abate interest and penalties. However, the payments must be made within 30 days of the COVID-19 Executive Orders being no longer in effect, or later if a payment arrangement is reached with the Employment Department. To apply for an abatement, please click on the application site below. Employers must still file their quarterly payroll reports on time.
Receiving timely, accurate wage reports helps us provide much needed unemployment insurance benefits and other benefits to those affected by the recent layoffs. If you do not file timely and accurate quarterly payroll reports, it can delay our ability to pay benefits to people who are relying on, and are entitled to, benefits and can cause improper payments.
We appreciate your patience as we are working to implement the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The work effort for the new federal benefit programs delayed our ability to stop some of our system-generated notices, such as the Combined Failure to File Notice and Notice of Tax Assessment.
Thank you again for your contributions to the State of Oregon's economy. The jobs you provide contribute to a vibrant Oregon economy and support the quality of Oregonians lives. *PLEASE NOTE: The Unemployment Insurance Tax division will not be able to process any requests not associated with Interest and Penalty Abatements in this format.*