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31 August 2020
Social Security Tax Deferral
On August 8, 2020, the President of the United States issued a Presidential Memorandum directing the Secretary of the Treasury to suspend the collection of Social Security taxes from September 1 to December 31, 2020, for individuals making less than $2,000 a week ($4,000 bi-weekly) or $104,000 a year. This means the 6.2% of an individual’s pay that’s normally deducted for Social Security taxes, won’t be taken out for the remainder of 2020.
This payroll tax cut only applies to individuals who receive a paycheck. If you’re unemployed, or retired, the payroll tax cut does not apply to you.
The intent of the payroll tax cut is to help “put money directly into the pockets of American workers” and quickly get more money into the economy.
Based on 40 hours per week at $50 an hour, which caps an employee at the $2,000 limit, the maximum tax deferral is $124 per week, which equates to $2,232 through December 2020.
The payroll tax cut is only a deferral. The tax will have to be repaid (collected from employees paychecks) between January 1, 2021, and April 30, 2021, unless a congressional action eliminates the debt, which is possible, but unlikely at this point.
It is highly recommended that individuals set that money aside for the time being. A temporary boost to your paycheck for the remainder of the year, may result in smaller paychecks early next year.
Gesele Thomas MBA, AFC®
Wildfire season can cause severe health issues, especially for those with pre-existing cardiovascular conditions or asthma, stroke survivors, children and older adults. During the COVID-19 pandemic the dangers of smoke are only exacerbated. Public Health has issued a blog with preventative tips on dealing with wildfire smoke. We recognize that many people will not be able to purchase air purifiers and/or do not have the option to stay indoors when air quality is poor. This DIY air filter instruction provides text and video guidance. You don't need a power drill to complete the filter successfully, but if you are looking to use one or have other supply needs, we recommend calling your local tool library.
Free and low cost testing locations are available and can be found here.
There are two new free drive-thru testing centers established for Seattle protesters and those who have been exposed to crowds, even if they are asymptomatic. These sites are located at 12040 Aurora Ave North, and 3820 6th Ave South. They operate Monday through Saturday 10am-3:30pm, and clients can book ahead through the website. Please note that the sites are not ADA compliant for pedestrians.
Guidance and Social Support
- Washington State is starting a Crisis Counseling Program called "Washington Listens." Washington Listens will provide non-clinical psycho-education based support to anyone in Washington experiencing elevated stress due to COVID-19. The person will receive support and connection to community resources in their area. It is anonymous and no identifying information is maintained.
- Emergency food resources map: tableau map
- Emergency COVID Medical Coverage for Undocumented Residents (updated)