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…)
Last night the House of Representatives passed a massive $1 trillion spending bill, after which House members began skipping town. Unfortunately, the spending bill was viewed as the final hurtle to jump on members’ way to Christmas vacation.
With the House no longer in session, the Senate is left with the option of passing HR 5771 (tax extenders) as it was originally delivered by the House or simply letting it die. Amendments to the bill would require it to go back to the House for approval but that is no longer an option. (more…)
Tonight, I am passing along observations from Paul Suplizio about the US Senate’s progress towards a tax-extenders bill. Additional action on the floor is anticipated by Thursday. So far, however, Democrat and Republican Senate Leaders have not revealed the nature of any agreements they might have reached. (more…)
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on (and pass) HR 5771– the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014. This will be Congress’ first solid step in some time toward passage of tax extenders. HOWEVER, in its current form the bill’s provisions fall short of expectations. (more…)
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen in a letter to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D, OR) regarding the expired tax extenders:
To avoid . . . serious problems, I respectfully urge you and other Members of Congress to address this issue expeditiously…. it would be detrimental to the entire 2015 tax filing season and to millions of taxpayers if Congress fails to provide clear policy direction before the end of November.
If you have been following WOTC in the news lately, there hasn’t been much to follow. The political process has been occupied elsewhere. You might, however, have notice a few interesting odds and ends. (more…)