At a Glance
- Governor Brad Little approved Executive Order No. 2020-12 on June 17, 2020 related to Return to Work Bonuses
- Idaho employers must apply for return-to-work bonuses on behalf of employees
- Bonuses are up to $1,500 for full-time employees (minimum of 30 hours per week), and up to $750 for part-time employees (minimum 20 hours per week) who were receiving unemployment insurance benefits due to COVID-19 and then returned to work
- Application deadline for employers to apply for the bonuses is August 7th, 2020, while the funds last which is on a first come first served basis
Return to Work Bonus
The Idaho State Tax Commission is administering the program that starts on July 13th, 2020. Guidance for employers on how to apply for the bonus on behalf of their employees has been issued. Under the Executive Order 2020-12, the employee must meet all the following requirements:
- Employee filed for UI benefits during the COVID-19 emergency on or after March 1, 2020
- Employee worked for a private or nonprofit Idaho employer in 2020
- Employee returned to work from May 1 to July 1, 2020
- Employee completed four consecutive weeks of work in an ongoing position
- Employee meets the part-time (20 hours) or full-time (30 hours) threshold in the four weeks immediately following the return to work
- The position is intended to be ongoing beyond the four week period
- Employee has not previously received a return to work bonus
- Earn no more than $75,000 annually
Starting July 13, 2020 Idaho employers can apply for bonuses on behalf of the employees who stopped collecting unemployment and returned to work from May 1, 2020 to June 14, 2020.
On July 20, 2020 the application process opens for employees who returned back to work from May 1, 2020 to July 1, 2020.
Employers must establish a Secure Taxpayer Access Point (TAP) account to protect their information on submitted applications. Register with TAP for the Return to Work Bonuses. Employers can help by ensuring they have reported all new employees and rehired employees with the Idaho Department of Labor.
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This information is provided as a courtesy, may change and is not intended as legal or tax guidance. Employers with questions or concerns outside the scope of a Payroll Service Provider are encouraged to seek the advice of a qualified CPA, Tax Attorney or Advisor.