United States Senators have renewed an effort to pass the Military Spouse Hiring Act, an expansion of the Work Opportunity Tax Credit or WOTC. This bill would expand WOTC by adding a new target group known simply as “Qualified Military Spouse.”
To qualify, an eligible employee must (in the usual way) be “certified . . . as being (as of the hiring date) a spouse of a member of the Armed Forces of the United States.”
The bill does not address the meaning of “spouse,” but this term generally means an individual who is lawfully married. If passed, it will create the first WOTC target group to specifically benefit active military families.
This new target group would provide a $2,400 tax credit.
Senator Tim Kaine (D, VA) recently introduced the Senate bill with co-sponsoring Senators John Boozman (R, AR), Margaret Hassan (D, NH), and Mike Rounds (R, SD).
Last year, Representative Antonia Delgad0 (D, NY) introduced a companion bill in the House of Representatives. The House bill currently has eighty-eight co-sponsors from thirty-two states.
Read the text of the Military Spouse Act here.