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Tax Reform and the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC): What’s Happening Now?

Tax Reform and the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC): What’s Happening Now?

On November 2, 2017, House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan introduced tax reform legislation, H.R. Bill 1, the Tax Cut and Jobs Act. Within this draft bill, numerous programs are listed for repeal, including the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) program (in section 3404). While no one knows the future, one thing is certain: the story is far from over. Here is an overview of the WOTC program and what you can expect next. What is WOTC? WOTC is available to eligible employers who hire and retain certain veterans and people from other target groups who have historically been viewed as facing significant barriers to employment. Businesses can claim tax credits, up to a maximum of $9,600 per eligible employee, depending on the target group eligibility of the person hired and the number of hours worked at the new employer. The WOTC program began on October 1, 1996 and has endured the test of time through several expirations and renewals by...

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Workplace Compliance Spotlight: Strategies for Surviving Year End Reporting

Workplace Compliance Spotlight: Strategies for Surviving Year End Reporting

For many employers, the year-end reporting cycle can be quite overwhelming as they prepare for year-end compliance activities such as balancing tax accounts and preparing to distribute Forms W-2, and look ahead to accommodate the many legislative and regulatory changes for 2018 and beyond. Keeping pace with all of these tasks — while remaining compliant — can be daunting. To help with these efforts, listen to the next installment in our Workplace Compliance Spotlight webcast series and get critical insights on what’s new and what’s coming next from Washington DC and the states that affect employer responsibilities, including aspects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), unemployment insurance wage and tax reporting, W-2 reporting and payroll. During this webcast, you will learn about: How to prepare for changes to compliance requirements arising from legislation like the Affordable Care Act (ACA) What to expect in terms of legislative and regulatory changes to Unemployment Insurance wage and tax reporting, state tax withholding and W-2 reporting. What to expect from the latest trends...

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Arizona Extends, Expands the Quality Jobs Program

Arizona Extends, Expands the Quality Jobs Program

Arizona recently enacted S.B. 1416,1 which extends the Quality Jobs Program through June 30, 2025. The new legislation also modifies the eligibility criteria for the program. Effective January 1, 2018, a business must meet one of the below requirements in order to claim a quality jobs credit. If the business is in an urban location: If the business is in a rural location: Prior to 2018, a business in an urban location must make an investment of at least $5,000,000 and create at least 25 new jobs, regardless of the level of pay. A business in any other location in the state would have to make an investment of at least $1,000,000 and create 5 new jobs. An urban location is defined as a location within the exterior boundaries of a city or town that has a population of 50,000 or more, and is located in a county that has a population of 800,000 or more. A rural location would be a location that is in a city or...

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Workplace Compliance Spotlight: Strategies for Surviving Year End Reporting

Workplace Compliance Spotlight: Strategies for Surviving Year End Reporting

For many employers, the year-end reporting cycle can be quite overwhelming as they prepare for year-end compliance activities such as balancing tax accounts and preparing to distribute Forms W-2, and look ahead to accommodate the many legislative and regulatory changes for 2018 and beyond. Keeping pace with all of these tasks — while remaining compliant — can be daunting. To help with these efforts, join us on October 18th with other business owners, HR leaders and finance execs like yourself for the next installment in our Workplace Compliance Spotlight webcast series and get critical insights on what’s new and what’s coming next from Washington DC and the states that affect employer responsibilities, including aspects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), unemployment insurance wage and tax reporting, W-2 reporting and payroll. During this webcast, you will learn about: How to prepare for changes to compliance requirements arising from legislation like the Affordable Care Act (ACA) What to expect in terms of legislative and regulatory changes to Unemployment Insurance wage and...

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Disaster Tax Relief Enacted; Act Includes Employer Retention Credit

Disaster Tax Relief Enacted; Act Includes Employer Retention Credit

In the wake of the recent hurricanes to strike the United States and Puerto Rico, Congress has passed a package of tax relief measures, the Disaster Tax Relief and Airport and Airway Extension Act1 (the “Act”), to assist individuals and businesses that were adversely affected by the storms. The bill was signed into law on September 29, 2017. Included in the Act is an Employee Retention Credit for eligible employers who continued to pay eligible employees during a period of inoperability as a result of damage sustained by reason of Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, or Hurricane Maria. 2 The amount of the credit is 40 percent of qualified wages on up to $6,000 in wages paid to each eligible employee during the period of inoperability (i.e., up to a $2,400 credit per eligible employee). To be eligible, the employer must have conducted an active trade or business in the disaster area of each storm and must have been inoperable on any day after the effective date of the storm...

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