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New WA State Payroll Tax for Long Term Care Services in 2022

The Washington Long Term Services and Support Trust Act (LTSS) is a state operated program for $36,500 of LTC benefits that requires care to be provided in WA.

January 1, 2022 all Washington State W-2 Employees age 18+ will have a payroll tax of 0.58%.

October 1, 2021 – December 31, 2022 apply for a permanent exemption of the payroll tax and eligibility for future benefits if you have purchased LTC Insurance before November 1, 2021.

Long Term Care Insurance is designed to pay for long-term care services received at home, in an assisted living facility or nursing home if you are unable to perform defined “Activities of Daily Living” or suffer from severe cognitive impairment. The Washington Employment Security Department (ESD) determines the definition for LTC Insurance and LTC plan design. ESD will decide whether a policy will qualify for the payroll tax exemption. 

www.wacaresfund.wa.gov

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