Ask the Advisor: How Are We Supposed to Pay for the Sick Leave and FMLA Leave Mandated by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act?
To take immediate advantage of the paid leave credits, businesses can retain and access funds that they would otherwise pay to the IRS in payroll taxes. If those amounts are not sufficient to cover the cost of paid leave, employers can seek an expedited advance from the IRS by submitting a streamlined claim form that will be released soon.
We know that for many of our clients, business slowdowns related to the spread of COVID-19 have made it hard to imagine how they could bear any additional expenses. We encourage anyone with these concerns to read the linked announcement carefully.
The full announcement can be found here: Treasury, IRS, and Labor Announcement on FFCRA Implementation.
Including the information in the link above, this is all we currently know about the payroll tax credit under the FFCRA and how to access or administer it.