It’s Independence Day! The birthday of our nation! A day to celebrate freedom and many time-honored American traditions.
Writing of this great event in 1776, yet-to-be future President John Adams said, “It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more!” (source)
Americans today still take great pride and pleasure fulfilling Mr. Adams’ vision. And amidst the celebrating, the BBQs, fireworks and parades, we remember our nation’s many generations of soldiers. These are America’s finest, the men and women whose blood, sweat, tears and love make America possible.
A little good news for employers and foster youth living in New Mexico. Republican Governor Susana Martinez has signed into law a bill providing a $1,000 tax credit to employers that hire qualifying foster youth.
Although the New Mexico Foster Youth Tax Credit was signed on March 1, the law does not go into effect until July 1. Beginning then, employers may claim a tax credit of up to $1,000 per each qualifying foster youth they hire.
The $1,000 is based on the qualifying youth’s first full year of employment. If a youth does not remain employed for an entire year, the employer may claim a pro-rated portion of the $1,000 based on the percentage of a year worked. For example, work half a year, claim half the credit or $500.
Employers interested in the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) and the federal Empowerment Zone program received good news this morning. Just after 5:30 AM, President Donald Trump announced that he had signed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018.
With this deal, numerous expired tax benefits were retroactively reauthorized including federal Empowerment Zones. Renewing Empowerment Zones also impacts the WOTC program.
Qualification under WOTC Target Groups D and F, “Designated Community Resident” and “Summer Youth,” respectively, among other things requires that an employee reside within an authorized Empowerment Zone. (more…)
I received this link to a recent article in Accounting Today from a colleague and a reader of The WOTC Planet. According to the article, Senator John Thune (Republican from South Dakota) has confirmed the Senate’s intention to act on expired tax incentives, which are typically reauthorized with a tax extenders bill. (more…)
Saturday just before 2:00 AM Eastern, the Senate voted to pass its version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The Senate’s bill remains silent on the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC), which the House version seeks to repeal.
In this circumstance, silence is golden if you prefer that the WOTC program remain in place. (more…)
Thursday afternoon, the Ways and Means Committee finished the House’s markup of the Tax Cut and Jobs act, voting down amendments to add back the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) and a number of other specialized tax benefits.
While this is bad news for WOTC proponents, better news emerged from the Senate today. The Senate Finance Committee released its own version of tax reform and it does not include the dreaded WOTC repeal. (more…)
You’re probably already aware of the House’s tax reform proposal, which in it’s current form would repeal the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) program. Repeal would be effective 01/01/2018. The draft reform bill was introduced 7 days ago as H.R. Bill 1, the Tax Cut and Jobs Act.
The repeal of WOTC as proposed is wholesale and complete. Here’s the text in its entirety: (more…)