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.
In a state where the economy is still outpacing the nation’s for the sixth year in a row, some forward thinking Georgia legislators looked to continue that growth and incent businesses to hire more employees from the state’s deep pool of military veterans. A new Georgia Veterans Work Opportunity Tax Credit (GA WOTC) has been proposed, based on the federal program.
This is a follow-up to my recent post about tax benefits employers earn by hiring military veterans. In addition to strong skill sets and personal characteristics, many veterans can bring an added financial benefit to their employer through the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (or WOTC).
Employers naturally have questions about how veterans qualify. How long must a veteran have served? What if they have a service-connected disability? What are the specific tax credit amounts? Today, I’ll go into these details.
If you’re a business owner, CPA or hiring executive, this is for you. Everyone knows that hiring veterans is both the right thing and the smart thing to do for many reasons.
Military veterans bring a unique set of skills to the civilian labor market. Few organizations like the military can teach, enforce and reward the characteristics of teamwork, initiative, leadership, organization and mission.
The military is also a highly diverse and talented group of people. As a result, veterans have deep experience working well with others. That experience instills respect and the ability to adapt and excel in a wide variety of circumstances. (more…)