Shot in the arm

New tax credit prods businesses on employee vaccination

President Biden recently called on businesses to do more to boost the inoculation effort in the U.S. and encouraged employers to take advantage of a tax credit for providing paid time off to workers receiving their pandemic shots.

As a result, Treasury and the IRS published additional details of tax provisions available under the American Rescue Plan* to help small businesses…including providing paid leave for employees receiving COVID-19 vaccinations. Available to eligible employers – those with fewer than 500 employees – that pay sick and family leave for absences from April 1 through Sept. 30, 2021, the vaccination credit covers 100% of daily wages per employee (up to $511).

*The American Rescue Plan allows small and midsize employers to claim refundable tax credits that reimburse them for the cost of providing paid sick and family leave to their employees due to COVID-19. Self-employed individuals are eligible for similar tax credits.

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