Building on the success of the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (or WOTC), Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) introduced a bill to expand employment opportunities for military spouses.

Expanding WOTC

Known as the Jobs and Childcare for Military Families Act of 2019, Senate Bill 1802 would recognize “Qualified Military Spouse” as a new WOTC program target group.

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On June 20th, after a marathon mark-up session and by a vote of 24-17, the US House Ways and Means Committee advanced a number of measures. Of most importance to the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC), was H.R. 3301, “The Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Relief Act.” The bill would extend for one year a number of incentives scheduled to expire at the end of 2019, including the Work Opportunity Tax Credit. This would extend WOTC and other provisions listed through 2020.

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On June 5, 2019, Representative Steve Cohen (D, District of Columbia) introduce HR 3123, the Supermarket Tax Credit for Underserved Areas Act. This bill proposes both  new and increased tax incentives for operators who set up new supermarkets within designated areas nationwide.

The bill has eleven cosponsors from the District of Columbia and the states of Arizona, California, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts and New York.

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Featured artwork by Courtney Chauvin.

Three weeks ago, we informed you about a coordinated passionate effort by the National Military Spouse Network to “Storm the Hilll” (as in Capitol Hill). Military spouses everywhere called upon Congress to reduce employment barriers faced by the husbands and wives of America’s soldiers. (See WOTC for Military Spouses – Encouragement for Unsung Heroes).

One of the group’s goals is to expand the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) program to include military spouses as a target group. Their efforts are being rewarded.

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