Washington D.C. Paid Family Leave (PFL) tax contribution

Beginning July 1, 2019, employers in DC will be required to pay for and file Paid Family Leave (PFL). Employers must provide up to 8 weeks of paid parental leave, 6 weeks to care for a family member and up to 2 weeks for an individual. This will be funded by the employer's payroll deductions.

Does this affect me?

If you have a worksite location in Washington D.C., PFL applies to you.

This includes non-profit organizations and household employers that are liable for SUTA (State Unemployment Tax Authority).

This is not a deduction from the employee’s pay, so it will not affect your employee’s takehome pay.

What forms do I have to file?

Quarterly filing is required starting on October 31st, 2019. You are responsible for making sure that your business files these forms on time.

How are these taxes calculated?

PFL is calculated as the total SUTA gross wages for the quarter times 0.62%. This will be the amount due at the time of filing.

Essential information:

Payroll Deduction Starts: July 1, 2019

First Payment/Report Due: October 31, 2019

Collector: Department of Employment Services (DOES)

Tax Rate: 0.62%

Wage Base: Gross (SUTA) Wages

Employee Portion: N/A

Employer Portion: 100%

For further details, review the FAQ on the DOES website.