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Unemployment insurance deadline extended for Ellicott City businesses

Some 123 business affected by the July 30 flooding in Ellicott City are being offered an extension on the quarterly filing and reporting requirement normally needed to comply with the state’s unemployment insurance law.

In a letter sent to businesses earlier this week, the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation notified those Ellicott City businesses that the Sept. 30 quarterly filing deadline has been changed from Oct. 31 to Nov. 30.

The late filing fee will also be waived and no interest will be charged for those business owners. The Department of Unemployment Insurance is also prepared to offer payment plans for the tax if business owners need more time to comply with the reporting requirement.

As people slowly recover from the July 30 flood that severely damaged many homes and businesses along Ellicott City’s Main Street, state agencies have been working with the Howard County government to accommodate flood victims’ needs.

“We wanted to make sure they were given the adequate amount of time or at least alleviate some of that pressure,” said Kelly Schulz, secretary of the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

Business owners need to be able to access employee records, including internal wage reports that may have been permanently lost in the flood or are still inaccessible to complete their quarterly returns.

“We’re here to assist,” said Schulz.

The July 30 floods, fueled by unusually heavy rains in the course of a few hours, tore through Ellicott City’s historic downtown. The state Board of Public Works has approved $2.5 million in loan assistance funds for property owners, and the state is hoping to come up with an additional $2.5 million. The Small Business Administration also has declared the city a disaster area, making it eligible for SBA assistance.

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