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Congress Renews Effort to Expand WOTC with Foster Youth Target Group

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Last September, Democrat Representative from Washington State, Jim McDermott introduced HR 5947, the Improved Employment Outcomes for Foster Youth Act of 2016. That bill died with the passing of the last Congress.

A similar bill has now been introduced to the new Congress.  H.R.2060 and S.885 were both introduced to their respective chambers on April 6, 2017. While the text of the new bills is not yet available, both of their titles state that they would “amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to include foster care transition youth as members of [WOTC] targeted groups.”

See my post from last September for detailed coverage of the original bill.  My guess is that the current bills are very similar.

McDermott Introduces House Bill to Expand WOTC for Foster Youth

Friday, September 9th, 2016
Jim McDermott, D of Washington

Jim McDermott, D of Washington

Democrat Representative from Washington State, Jim McDermott on September 8th introduced HR 5947, the Improved Employment Outcomes for Foster Youth Act of 2016.

This bill proposes to expand the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) to include “foster care transition youth” as an 11th qualifying target group. These are individuals, not yet 27 years old, who have been in foster care after a certain age.

The maximum tax credit generated would be $2,400, similar to most other WOTC categories.

At this time, the bill is also supported by 5 additional House cosponsors, including: David G. Reichert (R-WA), Lloyd Doggett (D-TX),  Danny K. Davis (D-IL), Tom Reed (R-NY) and Karen Bass (D-CA).