Maybe you’ve heard that the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (aka WOTC) is slated to expire on December 31, 2019. And that makes you nervous.

But should it?

Forty years of productive history suggest that WOTC will still be around for years to come.

WOTC is part of the U.S. tax code. Like dozens of similar code provisions, Congress wrote it in a way that requires them to revisit the program from time to time. The upcoming expiration date signals that the moment has arrived again.

Has it happened before? Yes.  Many times.


Most human resources departments use a checklist when hiring new employees. Lists are so important, whether they are printed on paper or managed electronically by a paperless onboarding system. Lists help us to consistently and fairly walk new workers through a litany of important tasks.

Is there something important missing from your hiring checklist?

Keep reading to find out.


The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) has received a lot of attention from legislators this year. A report recently released by the Senate Finance Committee’s Employment and Community Development Taskforce outlined a total of 16 bills, all introduced in the current Congress. Each would either expand, increase, or extend the WOTC program.

Yesterday, Senator Corry Booker (D, NJ) and Representatives Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ), and Ilhan Omar (D-MN) introduced yet another bill. More correctly, the Federal Jobs Guarantee Development Act was re-introduced yesterday, since Senator Booker originally presented this bill to the previous Congress on April 25, 2018.


The Senate Finance Committee’s Employment and Community Development Taskforce has finally released its report. Unfortunately, the consensus about WOTC subtly mentioned earlier this month by Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) is absent from the document. But that’s not all bad.  Perhaps we need to read between the lines.

Download the report here.

Per the report, the group was tasked to examine the following six tax incentive programs: