Gov. Abbott announces extensions to pay deadlines for employers

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Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, delivers remarks during a press conference on May 5, 2020, updating the public on the state’s response to COVID-19. (Nexstar Photo/Wes Rapaport)

Harlingen, Texas (KVEO)– Governor Greg Abbott announced Friday that the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has extended payment deadlines for designated reimbursing employers that are required to pay a share of unemployment benefits. 

According to a news release, designated reimbursing employers include non-profits, local governments, school districts and other qualifying employers who reimburse TWC for the full amount of unemployment benefits to be paid to eligible former employees. 

Gov. Abbott says TWC’s action delays the due date for the June 1 payment to December 31, 2020. 

This action also waives interest and penalty charges during the same time period, and does not reduce or eliminate this payment for reimbursing employers.

It will provide more time for these employers to secure resources to meet these and other liabilities as they deal with the implications of COVID-19.

This extension also does not delay or prevent Texans who qualify for unemployment benefits from receiving these resources.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented economic challenges, and the State of Texas is committed to helping both employers and Texans who have lost their jobs through this challenge,” said Governor Abbott. “This payment extension will help these employers address financial setbacks due to COVID-19 and provide them more time to pay their share of unemployment benefits. As Texas continues to respond to COVID-19, we are committed to ensuring employers across the state have the resources they need to recover.” 

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