WOTC UPDATES

*IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED*

Congress is currently working on a spending bill to fund the remainder of the government through September. Action must be taken by February 15, to avoid another shutdown. The tax writing committees would like to include the tax extenders that expired in 2017 and 2018 (Indian Employment and Empowerment Zones) and hopefully disaster tax relief including a retention credit for employers located in communities that have been impacted by 2018 hurricanes, wild fires and mudslides. 


Click on the take action link above immediately to send a message to Congress.


Message:

House:

As an employer in your state who utilizes the tax extenders, I want to urge you to include an extension of these critical provisions and a disaster tax relief package on the must pass February 15 government funding bill. Communities affected by natural disasters last fall are badly in need of assistance and employers that relied on Congress extending expired tax provisions face a tax increase if they are not extended by the 2018 tax filing deadline. Please tell the leadership and the Chairman Neal and Ranking Republican Brady, that you support including disaster tax relief and the tax extenders in the February 15 spending bill.


Senate:

As an employer in your state who utilizes the tax extenders, I want to urge you to include an extension of these critical provisions and a disaster tax relief package on the must pass February 15 government funding bill. Communities affected by natural disasters last fall are badly in need of assistance and employers that relied on Congress extending expired tax provisions face a tax increase if they are not extended by the 2018 tax filing deadline. Please tell the leadership and Chairman Grassley and Ranking Democrat Ron Wyden, that you support including disaster relief and the tax extenders in the February 15 spending bill.


If you wish to also send a message to your own representatives urging them to include these provisions in the year end spending bill, please click on to the Take Action tab above.


According to Dr. Cappelli’s studies:

How WOTC Works


Current WOTC Legislation:

H.R. 3562 to make the Work Opportunity Tax Credit permanent, Tom Reed (R-NY) and Joe Crowley (D-NY).


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Past WOTC Initiatives

In February of 2018, Congress passed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 which contained a retroactive extension through December 2017 of the Designated Community Resident hiring incentives as well as the Indian Employment hiring incentive.  NEON played an active leading role in this effort. 


In 2017, because of NEON’s efforts, the Social Security Administration (SSA), after a year and a half of work finally agreed to establish a system to provide the State Workforce Agencies (SWAs) with the information needed to determine eligibility for Supplemental Security Income WOTC hires. Prior to NEON’s efforts, SSA was insisting upon charging $35 per enquiry effectively resulting in SSI requests for certification not being processed.


At the end of 2015, NEON led the effort to get Congress to pass the PATH act which included a five-year extension that goes through 2019. The PATH act includes an expansion of WOTC to the Long-Term Unemployed defined as those who have been unemployed for 26 consecutive weeks or longer.

NEON also played a key role in the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 which extended WOTC for 2 years plus a one-year extension of WOTC in 2014.

NEON worked with the Ways and Means and the Finance committee to pass Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011: Signed into law on November 21, 2011 the legislation is designed to help veterans of war transition into civilian employment. The VOW act amends and expands the definition of the WOTC “qualified veteran” category, granting a tax credit to employers for hiring certain qualified veterans.