US Legislators from Illinois Unveil Proposal to Expand WOTC for At-risk Youth

An article today in Enews Park Forest highlights proposals by US Representative Robin Kelly and US Senator Dick Durbin to expand the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (aka WOTC).  They’re calling it The HERO for At-Risk Youth Act.

Specifically, the bill would provide a tax credit of up to $2,400 for businesses that hire and train youth ages 16-25 who are out of school and out of work. The legislation would also expand the summer youth program under the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC), which provides a tax credit to businesses which hire for summer employment youth ages 16-17 who are enrolled in school and who live in highly distressed urban communities known as Empowerment Zones, by doubling the amount of the credit to $2,400 and expanding the program to include year-round employment.

The first part sounds like a remake of WOTC’s now expired Disconnected Youth target group.  I’ll report more as things progress (if they progress).

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