If you’ve been following the news during the past few days, you might be aware that Congressional leaders are sparring over legislation to extend the existing payroll tax cut. Over the weekend, the Senate rejected the House’s proposal and responded with a proposed 2-month extension, obviously intended to buy time for further negotiations.
Neither version of the legislation included WOTC nor other sought after tax-extenders. This is not, however, the end of the game. (more…)
The good news is in. The US House of Representatives has passed the VOW to Hire Heroes Act, which is now on its way to a signature by President Obama. This bill breaks new ground for WOTC in that it not only expands the qualifying categories and tax credit amounts for hiring veterans, it extends WOTC benefits to non-profits. (more…)
The US House is schedule to vote on the tax bill today. The House Rules Committee, however, is allowing a vote on only one proposed amendment – an amendment to increase the estate tax. The rule allows no other motions or amendments on the bill.
While we hoped for an extension of the HIRE Act payroll tax exemption, that program will end for new hires (as it was originally scheduled) on December 31. Do not forget, however, that the HIRE Act’s worker-retention tax credit remains in play — many employees who qualified for the payroll tax exemption in 2010 will generate an additional income tax credit for their employer in 2011 after working for 52 weeks.
Some employers who participate in the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) program will experience a small decrease in qualifications in 2011 as the Disconnected Youth and Unemployed Veteran target groups also expire. We are consoled, however, by the fact that the WOTC program itself has been renewed through 2011.
So, far now — for now — the fight is temporarily over. In 2011, we will be working with the new Congress to renew and extend as many of these provisions as feasible. If you’re interested in joining the WOTC Coalition and playing some role in the effort, contact Paul Suplizio, President of the WOTC Coalition. Visit the Coalition’s website at www.WOTCCoalition.com.
The Senate today passed the much anticipated tax bill without renewing the HIRE Act Payroll Tax Exemption, federal Renewal Communities, or the WOTC provisions for disconnected youth, unemployed veterans, or Gulf Opportunity Zone employers. This is a disappointment, but not unexpected.
Now that HR 4853 has been passed to the U.S. House of Representatives, eyes turn to susceptible House members seeking an amendment to add these provisions. If these incentives are important to you, please consider contacting House Members from your jurisdictions and urge them to support including these 5 provisions with any amendments to the tax bill. Make a special effort to contact Ways and Means Chairman Sander Levin.
Paul Suplizio, President of the WOTC Coalition, pointed out today that these 5 programs are “current-law job creation incentives” — so we are not urging the creation of any new program. In summary, what we seek:
- Extension of the HIRE tax credits
- Extension of the Renewal Community program
- Extension of WOTC for disconnected youth
- Extension of WOTC for unemployed Iraq-Afghanistan era veterans
- Extension of WOTC for Gulf Opportunity Zone employers
On the bright side, the bill passed by the Senate does include reauthorization of:
- The WOTC Program through 2011
- The Research and Development Tax Credit
- The Indian Employment Credit
- The Empowerment Zone Program
- The District of Columbia Enterprise Zone
See my previous post on this.
As noted in my most recent post, some key employment incentives were left out of the Senate version of the tax bill being discussed in Washington D.C. I received a correspondence today from Paul Suplizio, President of the WOTC Coalition, detailing current efforts to include the missing programs in the House version of the bill. (more…)
As reported by Jamie Dupree Washington Insider, Senate Majority Leader Harry Read’s office has released a summary of elements included in the Senate’s version of the tax compromise between President Obama and Congressional Republicans. The list is long and may include other provision of interest to you. For my purposes, however, this post focuses on employment-based tax incentives (and the much prized R&D credit). (more…)
According to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (Dem) the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on the Small Business Jobs Bill next week. HR 5297 was passed by the Senate earlier this week, and sent back to the House for approval. It is believed that if the bill passes the House this time, it will also be signed by President Obama. (more…)
The U.S. Senate has passed HR 5297, the Small Business Jobs Bill, by a vote of 61-37. The bill, which will be highly beneficial to some of my clients, must now go back to the House of Representatives for reconsideration there.
If passed into law, this bill will include a number of provisions relevant to hiring-based tax incentives like the Work Opportunity Tax Credit and the federal Empowerment Zone Employment Credit. (more…)