Photography by Suzy Hazelwood.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, more than 10,000 former prisoners are released every week across America. They need jobs. In fact, the Prison Policy Initiative reports that 2 years after release, more than 30% are still unemployed.
Gratefully, the State of Iowa offers a special tax benefit to small businesses that hire ex-felons residing in that state. In addition to the federal Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC), Iowa small businesses can receive a tax deduction of up to $20,000 per qualifying hire. Since this is a deduction (not a tax credit), the actual tax effect depends on the business’ tax rate.
If you live or work in Iowa, perhaps you had a chance yesterday to hear from Representative Bruce Braley, an Iowa Democrat who traveled the state on Wednesday campaigning for a permanent renewal to the Work Opportunity Tax Credit.
Based on statements from Representative Braley’s office, his message revolves primarily around WOTC’s military veteran target groups. (more…)