TCI Tax Intelligence: WOTC Transition Relief

WOTC transition relief

Situation The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) program had been in hiatus since Jan 1, 2014.  On December 19, 2014, legislation was enacted to extend the WOTC program through December 31, 2014. While many employers may have continued to screen applicants and submit 8850s for certification during that time period, some employers either did not [Read More…]

WOTC Extension: Form 8850 Filing Deadline Extended

WOTC hiatus: call to action

Noting that the uncertainty around the Work Opportunity Tax Credit and its prolonged hiatus in 2014 affected employers’ hiring and tax planning strategies, the IRS has issued notice 2015-13 that provides “transition relief” for employers to submit WOTC certification requests for any employee hired between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014. The deadline for [Read More…]

WOTC: Processing 2014 Certification Requests

Washington Monument

In light of the retroactive renewal of WOTC as part of the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014, the Department of Labor has issued internal guidance to the State Workforce Agencies on processing of 2014 certification requests.  The guidance instructs the Workforce Agencies to begin making determinations for all certification requests for hire dates in [Read More…]

WOTC Back in Hiatus

WOTC hiatus

As of January 1, 2015, the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is back in hiatus.  Previously, WOTC was retroactively renewed to allow certifications for all hires made in 2014.  During hiatus all WOTC form filing rules and guidelines are in force.  The State Workforce Agencies will be accepting certification request, marking them as received timely, [Read More…]

WOTC Renewed!

Barack Obama WOTC Renewal

The President has signed into law the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 that extends the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) retroactively from Jan 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014. The measure also includes a retroactive extension of other federal hiring credits – both the Federal Empowerment Zone and Indian Employment Credits. This positive result [Read More…]

Senate Passes WOTC Extension Bill

US Senate

The Senate has passed a WOTC extension bill.  This extension includes a retroactive one year extension (from Jan 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014) of WOTC and other Federal tax incentives including the Indian Employment Credit and The Federal Empowerment Zone Credit.  This bill mirrors the bill passed earlier by the House (earlier coverage here: [Read More…]

Tax Intelligence: Compliance Pays When Bundled with WOTC

compliance that pays

Situation Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) provides a federal tax incentive for each eligible hire. Employers are challenged to meet screening and compliance regulations and deadlines when assessing new hire eligibility, potentially leaving millions of dollars of tax credit savings on the table.  Screening percentages and compliance are key performance indicators for the WOTC program.  [Read More…]

WOTC Legislation: House Passes One-year Renewal

WOTC legislation

On Wednesday, with a vote of 378-46, the U.S. House of Representatives approved H.R. 5771, the “Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014″.  Included in this bill is a one year extension of WOTC and other expired tax provisions including the Indian Employment Credit and the Federal Empowerment Zone Credit.  The Senate is expected to pass [Read More…]

WOTC Legislation: Call to Action

WOTC hiatus: call to action

The legislative authority of the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (“WOTC”) expired on January 1, 2014.  The program is currently in a hiatus period and requires reauthorization by act of Congress.  Employers can go to WOTCmeansjobs.com, a legislative advocacy site, to send a direct message to their Senator to advocate for a long-term renewal of these [Read More…]

November Mid-Term Elections – WOTC

WOTC legislation

As you may know, today, November 4, 2014, is voting day.  In this election cycle all 435 seats in the United States House of Representatives, and 33 of the 100 seats in the United States Senate are being decided.  After these elections, Congress will return to Capitol Hill and set about nominating and confirming committee [Read More…]