As noted in my most recent post, some key employment incentives were left out of the Senate version of the tax bill being discussed in Washington D.C. I received a correspondence today from Paul Suplizio, President of the WOTC Coalition, detailing current efforts to include the missing programs in the House version of the bill.
Specifically, the WOTC Coalition is urging that the following be included in the House bill if the opportunity for amendment materializes.
- Reauthorization of the HIRE Act’s Payroll Tax Exemption for Employers
- Reauthorization of Renewal Communities
- Continuation of Disconnected Youth as a WOTC targeted group
- Continuation the Unemployed Veterans as WOTC targeted group
- Continuation of WOTC for Gulf Opportunity Zone employers
Efforts at persuasion are focused on Representative Sander Levin, Chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means and Senator Max Baucus, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance.
Representative Charles B. Rangel, a known expert and champion of the WOTC program within the House of Representatives has also been contacted with the hope that he will use his expertise to help persuade the Chairman to include these items in any amendment to the bill.