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Several bills are being proposed which could expand and enhance the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) Program. At this time, none of these bills have been enacted into law. There are other bills in the works and consolidation on some of these measures could occur but here are some major provisions that are being considered and the Congressional members that are sponsoring them.

This bill would make WOTC a permanent part of the tax code.

Senator Durbin’s bill sets a “disconnected youth” target group for ages 16-25, doubles the maximum wage for summer youth ages 16-17, expands the summer youth program to include year-round employment, and requires youth, who are in school, to work no more than 20 hours a week.  An identical bill has been introduced in the House by Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-IL).

This bill introduces a measure that would grant a second-year credit, at 40 percent of a maximum of $6,000 qualified wages, for any employee who worked the prior year in a job subsidized by the government.  The bill also directs the GAO to evaluate the effectiveness of the coronavirus Employee Retention Credit.  An identical bill was introduced in the House by Congressman Danny Davis (D-IL), a subcommittee chairman of Ways and Means.

This bill increases the credit for WOTC from 40 percent to 50 percent of qualifying wages and increases the qualifying wages from $6,000 to $10,000. It allows the foregoing increases for a second consecutive year of employment. Suspends, for the duration of the bill, the prohibition on an employer taking the credit when hiring the same worker again. Directs the Treasury Secretary to issue regulations prohibiting attempts to claim the increased benefit by terminating and rehiring an employee.

Senator Casey’s bill extends WOTC eligibility to individuals receiving cash Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), increases the amount of the credit, provides a second-year credit and extends these increased benefits not only to SSDI recipients but also to SSI and Vocational Rehabilitation recipients.

A bill to provide a Work Opportunity Tax Credit for hiring military spouses and to provide for flexible spending arrangements for childcare services for uniformed services families.

CCC’s WOTC team will continue to monitor these and any other proposed bills which affect the WOTC Program and provide updates if any legislation is enacted. Please contact your CCC Account Executive with any additional questions you may have.


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