L&I extends filing deadline to Feb. 3 due to storm slowdown

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TUMWATER – The state Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) is extending its quarterly filing deadline for State Fund employers to submit their workers' compensation premiums from midnight Jan. 31 to midnight Feb. 3. Employers will be allowed this extra time because of the recent snow storm that shut down businesses in much of the state.

"So many businesses were hard hit by loss of power and access to computers during last week's ice storm," said Beth Dupre, Assistant Director for Insurance Services. "Many lost several days of productive work. It's our hope that this extension will help our customers as they recover from this disruption."

If employers file electronically or by mail and pay by check, they may deduct the penalty and interest from the total due. If employers file and pay electronically, they should pay the full amount due, but the penalty and interest will be credited to their account and available for the next filing quarter. It can also be refunded upon request.

The fastest way to file is at www.QuickFile.Lni.wa.gov. No password is required and employers can pay with paper or e-check, sign up for an email reminder, and print out a copy of their report. For access to account details, employers can file through the online Claim & Account Center.

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For media information: Pat Albright, L&I, 360-902-5210.

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