Employers are scrambling to find ways to help their employees who are impacted by the novel coronavirus.

Help is available. Now that the COVID-19 has been declared a national emergency, Internal Revenue Code Section 139 can be used to allow employers to make tax-free payments or reimbursements to employees as “qualified disaster payments.”

Below are some frequently asked questions about how employers can use Section 139 immediately to help employees cope with COVID-19.

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