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.
This week, the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration issued new instructions to State Workforce Agencies (SWA’s). Agencies needed instructions in the wake of the WOTC re-authorization provided by the Protecting Americans From Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015. President Obama signed this bill on December 18, 2015.
The document summarizes the program changes and other effects created by the PATH Act. It also guides SWA’s on what to do with applications that were submitted timely (within 28 days from start of employment) in 2015 during the 49-week WOTC authorization lap. As a result, employers nationwide should now begin receiving certifications for their 2015 qualifying hires. (more…)
It is quite sad. Just 2 days before the Senate Finance Committee completed its markup of the Family and Business Tax Cut Certainty Act of 2012, the Department of Labor issued Training and Guidance Letter (TEGL) 04-2012.
TEGL 04-2012 introduces the Department’s updated Form ETA 9061, which is the Individual Characteristics Form included in the WOTC program’s employee-application for certification. (more…)
The following instructions are copied directly from the document recently published by the US Department of Labor.
Vow to Hire Heroes Act – Work Opportunity Tax Credit Provisions: Interim Instructions for State Workforce Agencies and Employers
On November 21, 2011, the President signed into law the “Vow to Hire Heroes Act”, which amends and expands the definition of Veteran target groups for the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC). These provisions became effective the day after the President signed the Act into law (November 22, 2011). (more…)
Thank you to Rik Moore of the National Telecommuting Institute, Inc. for bringing this to my attention early last week.
The US Department of Labor has offered new guidance bringing into focus the WOTC provisions of the recently passed Vow to Hire Heroes Act of 2011. A summary of WOTC-related provisions from the act has been published on the Department of Labor’s website. The following is copied directly from that document. Please download the entire document in order to see footnotes and introductory content not included here. (more…)
Perhaps you remember a post with a very similar title from March of this year? On March 5, 2010, the Department of Labor published TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT GUIDANCE LETTER NO. 03-09, Change 2, which purported to be
Final Guidance to State Workforce Agencies (SWAs) and Employers for the Implementation of the Two American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) Target Groups Requirements
As I wrote yesterday, the recent Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) 3-09 included the revised WOTC form that we’ve been waiting for — DOL ETA 9061. TEGL 3-09 also indicated that within two weeks, WOTC centers would be prohibited from accepting the old version of the form. The last day to use the old form, therefore, was September 16th.
HOWEVER, my contact in California’s WOTC center tells me today that the U.S. Department of Labor seems to be backing down from that deadline (although perhaps only informally at this point). As a result, the California WOTC center is not yet rejecting WOTC applications that use the old forms. (more…)
The long wait is over!
The U.S. Department of Labor has issued a new WOTC-related Training and Employment Guidance Letter (or TEGL) dated September 1, 2009. TEGL No. 3-09 provides guidance about documentation standards for the two new WOTC eligibility categories created by the February stimulus bill. It also includes the new Department of Labor Form ETA 9061 – Individual Characteristics Form that we must begin using immediately in order to obtain WOTC employee certifications. (more…)