Senator Ron Wydon (Dem of Oregon) took over this week as the new Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. Senator Wydon replaces Senator Max Baucus, who was recently appointed as the United States Ambassador to Japan. Like Senator Baucus, Wydon favors an early passage of tax extenders, including WOTC. (more…)
Paul Suplizio, President of the WOTC Coalition has been keeping us up to date on hour to hour developments. Without further comment, I’m posting his update from early today. If you support renewal of the Work Opportunity Tax Credit, now is the time to exert your influence with your Senators. (more…)
Efforts to date have failed to include an extension of the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) in any doc-fix legislation. The Senate Finance committee has turned away efforts to include WOTC in the proposed doc-fix reform bill. While the reform bill awaits further revision, it will not be voted on until 2014. In the mean time, a temporary doc-fix patch-up measure is expected to pass this week. (more…)
It appears the opportunity for a general tax extenders bill has expired for 2013. With a contentious election year approaching, the nation will likely wait until 2015 before Congress takes up the issue — after the 2014 elections. This is truly unfortunate given that almost 60 tax provisions expire on December 31, 2013. Here’s the entire list, published by the Joint Committee on Taxation. The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is one of the expiring provisions. (more…)
It is true that more important issues are currently before Congress. Nevertheless, our fiscal problems are leading Congress and the White House to an eventual sit-down meeting to hash out their very difficult differences. When that happens, current scenarios suggest WOTC will be included in that discussion. (more…)
Speaker of the US House of Representatives, John Boehner (R-Ohio) has recently repeated his vow to make comprehensive tax reform a top priority of the new Congress this year. Symbolic of that end, Speaker Boehner has reserved the designation of House Resolution 1 (HR 1) for the coming tax reform bill. (more…)
This update from Paul Suplizio, President of the WOTC Coalition, offers some additional details about the fiscal cliff bill passed by the Senate late tonight.
Contrary to my earlier observations, Paul states that the bill DOES include VOW to Hire Hero provisions in its extension of the Work Opportunity Tax Credit. Hopefully, I was wrong. I like Paul’s version better.
Paul also makes some important observations about recent Hurricane Sandy relief efforts — including a proposal to expand the WOTC Program with a new Hurricane Sandy target group. (more…)
Some rough politics are on the horizon as Congress tries to divert the U.S. economy’s path away from the 2013 fiscal cliff. A small but not unimportant element in this effort is the passage of a tax extenders bill covering WOTC, empowerment zones and renewal communities, the research and development credit, and others similar tax incentives. (more…)
Good news came smiling out of Washington, D.C. this week for the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) program and a number of other tax extenders. Some of you have contacted me with leads and insights, for which I thank you all.
On Wednesday, Senator Max Baucus, Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee (a Democrat) and Senator Orin Hatch, the Committee’s top ranking Republican announced that a bipartisan agreement had been reached for the nervously-awaited tax extenders bill. (more…)
Sometimes, the best I can do is to simply pass good news directly on to you, readers of The WOTC Planet.
Following is a correspondence from Paul Suplizio, President of The WOTC Coalition. It is published here with his permission. (more…)