Resources for Impacted Businesses & Employees
Many businesses and workers have been impacted by the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, we've compiled a list of available resources, programs and updates from local, state and federal sources. We will continue to update this page as new resources become available.
Visit the State's unified response webpage for more information on resources available to impacted businesses: https://coronavirus.wa.gov/
City of Bellevue Business Assistance
The City has compiled resources and programs to assist impacted businesses, artists, freelancers and contractors.
- COVID-19 Business/Nonprofit Resources
The City of Bellevue is coordinating with regional business and nonprofit support partners to help employers stay informed and prepared in this rapidly-evolving situation, and to offer assistance as needed. View their resource guide.
- Business Tax Deferment
Bellevue Mayor Lynne Robinson declared that small businesses (gross receipts under $5M) can defer 1Q and 2Q taxes until October 31, 2020. Larger businesses may also have an option upon request to defer tax payments for up to 90 days: https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/deferred-business-taxes
- Utilities Relief
To help residents and businesses financially impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak, the Utilities Department is suspending water shut-offs for non-payment during the crisis. We will work with customers to set up payment plans and waive late fees or penalties for past-due bills. Some customers may also qualify for financial assistance under our Emergency Assistance Program. Contact Utilities (425-452-6932 or email@example.com) to set up deferred payment plans. Information about the Emergency Assistance Program is available at Utility Rate and Tax Relief.
Washington State Governor's Office | Assistance for Impacted Businesses
The Governor’s Office has compiled a list of resources to support economic retention and recovery related to COVID-19 coronavirus.
- Tax Filing Extensions
The Washington State Department of Revenue (DOR) can work with impacted companies that request an extension on tax filing. The law grants the Department authority to extend the due date for excise tax returns. A business may request such an extension from the Department prior to the due date of the return, and, if granted, the business would be allowed to delay reporting and paying its tax liability. If a business needs an extension of more than 30 days, the law requires the Department to collect a deposit from the business. The amount of deposit required is based on the business’ reporting history and how many reporting periods are covered under the extension WAC 458-20-228 (13). Contact DOR at 360.705.6705
- Late Fees and Penalties
DOR may also waive penalties under limited circumstances if a business is late in paying its tax obligation. The law also grants the Department authority to provide a one-time, 24 month, late payment penalty waiver if the business has not owed a late payment penalty during the previous 24 months WAC 458-20-228 (9). Contact DOR at 360.705.6705. DOR may also work with businesses that cannot file or pay their taxes on time if they are impacted by a declared state of emergency. When a state of emergency or disaster has been officially declared, affected businesses that owe Washington taxes may qualify for:
- A filing extension for excise tax returns (without the limitations described above); and/or
- A late payment penalty waiver request (without the limitations described above)
- Relief Opportunities
The state is working to compile a larger list of local bankers, financial associations, telecoms, utilities and major employers that may be able to provide relief, such as:
- Deferred bills, waived fees, discounts, no-interest loans and other support.
- Debt and late-penalty forgiveness for companies and workers in order to help keep people employed.
- Favorable credit terms for firms that encounter cash flow problems.
Employer and Worker Assistance:
- Unemployment Extension
The Washington State Employment Security Department (ESD) can provide support in the form of unemployment benefits. For employers that want to keep from losing highly-trained employees, these unemployment benefits can be received through, or while covered by, Shared Work, Partial Unemployment and Standby (which allow certain workers to collect unemployment while remaining with their employers and not actively seeking other jobs). Visit: https://esd.wa.gov/newsroom/covid-19
- Paid Family an Medical Leave
ESD’s Paid Family and Medical Leave program can provide paid leave benefits for Washington workers who need to take time off from work due to a serious health condition or to care for a family member with a serious health condition. Certification by a healthcare provider is required for applications for Paid Family and Medical Leave due to a serious health condition. Visit: https://paidleave.wa.gov/
- Rapid Response Servies
If COVID-19 disrupts a Washington business and causes a mass layoff or closure, ESD and its local workforce development board partners can respond with Rapid Response services and funding to help impacted workers get connected to unemployment benefits and re-employment services, including re-training, worker support services, and referrals to other social services. Visit: https://www.esd.wa.gov/newsroom/layoffassistance
US Small Business Administration | Disaster Assistance
Small businesses in many Washington counties are now eligible to apply for low interest U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loans to offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Check the SBA website for the most updated information. This is one of the first SBA disaster declarations in the country related to COVID-19.
Community Partners | Assistance for Impacted Businesses & Residents
Businesses and organizations are offering their own support programs for those impacted.
Bellevue Boys & Girls Club
- Continued Operation
With the support of Bellevue School District, Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue will remain open while schools are closed until further notice. Beginning March 16, 2020, Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue plans to have a limited number of sites open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. for school-aged youth: http://www.bgcbellevue.org/images/3.12.2020Statement.html
Bellevue Chamber of Commerce
First Tech Federal Credit Union
- First Tech is offering a number of loan assistance options to provide short and long-term relief to members impacted by COVID-19. Anyone can quickly and easily become a member to take advantage. Please visit their website or a local Experience Center.
We will do our best to ensure this information is updated, however the coronavirus situation is changing rapidly and we cannot guarantee continued accuracy. Please follow the WA State Department of Health and King County Public Health for the latest information and recommendations.