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Return-To-Work Bonus : An Alternative To Unemployment Benefits

Updated : September 11th, 2020

The Coronavirus pandemic has taken the states by storm. To curb the pandemic, states have implemented various measures such as social distancing, travel ban, self-isolation, etc. Though these measures helped in containing the pandemic to an extent, they caused businesses to shut down leading to an increase in the unemployment rate, one such being the state of Idaho.  

As per the Labor Force statistics, the unemployment rate in Idaho rose to 11.5% and non-farm payrolls lost about 79,500 jobs in April. 

To help the unemployed to meet their financial needs, the state provides enhanced unemployment benefits under the CARES Act which is set to expire in July, forcing Idahons to return to work.

However, despite businesses reopening, people are not comfortable returning to their work due to the fear of exposure to the Coronavirus. To encourage people to return, Governor Brad Little is looking to offer a return-to-work bonus. 

More About Return-To-Work Bonus

Return-To-Work bonus is given to the workers to encourage them to take up their work while ensuring their safety. The Idaho Gov. Brad Little wishes to give a one-time cash bonus of $1,500 to workers returning to their full-time work, and $750 to those returning to their part-time work. 

The bonus will be given on the basis of first-come, first-served for eligible applicants only after they return to their work.

Who Qualifies For Return-To-Work Bonus?

To qualify for return-to-work bonus employees must meet several eligibility criteria. Some of them include:

  • Employees must return to work by July 1, 2020
  • Employees must work for 4 consecutive weeks 
  • Wages of the employee is $75,000 or less annually
  • The employee is the resident of Idaho
  • The employee has worked for an employer in Idaho

How To Apply For Return-To-Work Bonus?

Employers must provide details on the workers for whom they are expecting a return-to-work bonus. This is required because of the existing relationship between the Tax commission and employers. 

The qualified employer applicants must establish a secure Taxpayer Access Point (TAP) account to safeguard their business and personal information entered on the applications. 

Steps to be followed while applying for return-to-work bonus include:

Step 1: Log in to the TAP account

Step 2 : Go to step 3 for employers who are not a third party filing on behalf of an authorized person. For third parties, choose client from the client list

Step 3 : Go to “I Want To” section and click the ‘Return To Work’ option

Step 4 : Fill the details and submit the application

Note –

  1. Applications for employees who returned to work between May 1 and June 14 will be accepted by July 13
  2. Applications for employees who returned to work between May 1 and July 1 will be accepted on July 20

How To Create A TAP Account?

To apply for a return-to-work bonus the applicants must first create a Taxpayer Access Point account. Follow the below mentioned steps to establish a TAP account.

  1. Visit the TAP home page and click “Don’t have a logon? Register here” 
  2. Select “No” when asked if you have received TAP registration code. Then click “Next”
  3. Enter the details asked for
  4. For the “You Are” field, choose:
    a. Business if you are an employer or owner (but not the sole owner) of a business
    b. 3rd party tax professional if you are an accountant managing client’s taxes or a tax    preparer 
  5. Next click “Submit” 
  6. After the submission, the Tax Commission will send you a letter with a registration code
  7. Once you receive the registration code, go back to the home page and login to your account
  8. Click “Yes” when asked if you have a registration code
  9. Click “Next”
  10. Go to the “Verify” page and:
  • Enter the registration code (it is case sensitive)
  • Choose the appropriate option under “You Are” 
  • Enter the SSN or EIN used during the pre-registration
  • Click “Next”
  • Enter the details asked for
  • Click “Submit”

Closing Thoughts

Return-to-work bonus not only encourages people to return to work but also helps state to improve the economy. To know more about this program, visit 

 

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