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Hello friends!

Today at approximately 2:00 PM Eastern, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) voted to publish a new formal opinion letter clarifying that the proper use of IRS Form 8850 does not violate any of the anti-discrimination laws enforced by the EEOC.

IRS Form 8850, titled “Pre-Screening Notice and Certification Request for the Work Opportunity Credit” is a document employers must acquire from new employees “on or before” the day of their job offer, to qualify for the Work Opportunity Tax Credit.  View the form here.  Because this form inquires into an employee’s date of birth and disability, some employers express concern about potentially violating laws that prohibit such inquiry prior to making the hiring decision.

The bottom line is that proper use of IRS 8850 is not a violation of the Civil Rights Act or the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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Hello friends,

These are unexpected and difficult days. You’re very fortunate if Covid-19 has not disrupted your job or your workplace to some degree. Our office is experiencing the same kind of challenges.

Many people are working from home. If that’s an option in your industry, it’s a great blessing. These circumstances are forcing many of us to learn new ways to get it all done. When the Covid-19 contingencies are over, some industries will almost certainly choose to continue the work-from-home trend.

For now, however, many enterprises have little choice but to lay off workers. Millions of people are (at least temporarily) losing their jobs. It’s painful. It’s scary. But don’t lose hope because . . .

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This article (click here) came out yesterday from Lexis Nexus’ Law 360 Tax Authority.  It appears that the publisher has made it available without a subscription because it relates to covid-19 legislation.  I’ll provide just a couple of quotes for you to test your interest.

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If you’ve ever struggled through completing Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) forms with an employee, you have surely also thought, “There must be a simpler way.” Maybe you’ve even had a good idea for making it better. Now is the time to make your voice and opinions heard!

The U.S. Department of Labor is now accepting public comments for revising a variety of WOTC-related forms.

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