Maybe you’ve heard that the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (aka WOTC) is slated to expire on December 31, 2019. And that makes you nervous.
But should it?
Forty years of productive history suggest that WOTC will still be around for years to come.
WOTC is part of the U.S. tax code. Like dozens of similar code provisions, Congress wrote it in a way that requires them to revisit the program from time to time. The upcoming expiration date signals that the moment has arrived again.
Has it happened before? Yes. Many times.
On June 20th, after a marathon mark-up session and by a vote of 24-17, the US House Ways and Means Committee advanced a number of measures. Of most importance to the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC), was H.R. 3301, “The Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Relief Act.” The bill would extend for one year a number of incentives scheduled to expire at the end of 2019, including the Work Opportunity Tax Credit. This would extend WOTC and other provisions listed through 2020.
I received this link to a recent article in Accounting Today from a colleague and a reader of The WOTC Planet. According to the article, Senator John Thune (Republican from South Dakota) has confirmed the Senate’s intention to act on expired tax incentives, which are typically reauthorized with a tax extenders bill. (more…)
President Promptly Signs Government Funding and Tax Extenders Legislation – WOTC Survives through 2019
President Obama signed a huge tax and spending package into law on Friday following congressional votes that avoided a year-end showdown over the budget and ended legislative business until lawmakers return in 2016
The tax extenders and government funding legislation passed the House and Senate today and is now on its way to the President for his pen. Of primary interest to WOTC Planet readers is the 5-year extension of the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) with Vow to Hire Heroes Act. These will become law upon receiving the President’s signature.
From USA Today, “Senate clears massive spending bill, tax measures“.
You can read the bill here, at least until they move the file. For the WOTC extension and revision, scroll to page 38 of the PDF. (more…)
I’m sorry, I should have posted this sooner.
The Bipartisan Budget Agreement of 2015 as worked out by Speaker Boehner and other leaders this week does not include WOTC or other tax extenders. The extenders will likely become a priority for the new Speaker in coming days. They most certainly ARE a priority for tens of thousands of businesses and tax payers, all of whom have their eyes on Congress this week. (more…)
Leaders are closing in on a budget. Word has it that we might get news about tax extenders after tonight’s meeting of House Republicans. Speaker Boehner is trying to wrap up business before vacating his seat on Thursday. (more…)
Last week, on August 5th, the Senate Finance Committee reported its version of the 2015 tax extenders bill, S 1946, The Tax Extension Relief Act of 2015.
“The Committee on Finance, having considered an original bill, S. 1946, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend certain expiring provisions, and for other purposes, reports favorably thereon without amendment and recommends that the bill do pass.”
The Senate Finance Committee has scheduled a hearing to consider the Chairman’s markup of a new tax extenders bill. The Committee will consider the bill on Tuesday, July 21. In its current form, the bill would give the Work Opportunity Tax Credit a 2-year retroactive extension — January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2016. (more…)
On Friday Pres. Obama signed HR 5771, the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 into law. While employers can be glad their efforts to utilize the Work Opportunity Tax Credit and other tax incentives during 2014 were not wasted, we are now faced with a new expiration date approaching in only 12 days. (more…)