Posts by Robert Sheen

Congress Approves Budget Renewing WOTC for 2020

In the twilight amidst another government shutdown, Congress has signed and passed the budget for 2020. Amongst some of the provisions are an extension of the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) program through December 31, 2020. With the WOTC program renewed December 31, 2020, employers will be able to administer the program and earn up…

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IRS Issues WOTC Directive on When to Apply a Certification

2 minute read: The IRS has issued a new directive that should make it easier for employers administering the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) program to receive tax credits in the year employer certifications are issued. The issuance of WOTC certifications by State Workforce Agencies are often delayed and employers sometimes don’t receive them until…

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Hiring People with Disabilities Can Make a Difference

Hiring People with Disabilities Can Make a Difference

July 26 was the 29th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), but even after all this time, employers are still having difficulty meeting the requirements of the law. For example, take the recently settled disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) against multination retail giant…

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Legislation Proposes Extending WOTC 

Legislation Proposes Extending WOTC

Congress is considering bills that would again extend the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) through December 31, 2020. The U.S. House of Representatives is considering bill H.R. 3301, which extends several expired or expiring tax breaks through 2020, including WOTC. U.S. Senate bill S. 978 and House bill H.R. 2213. also have been introduced in…

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Organizations Should Prepare for I-9 Enforcement

Organizations Should Prepare for I-9 Enforcement

If your organization isn’t keeping I-9 records for all of your active workforce, you may have a problem if the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) comes to audit your organization. The likelihood of an audit has increased with the renewed emphasis on worksite enforcement by ICE as part of the continued focus on immigration…

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This Trifecta of WOTC Services Will Increase Your Certifications

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The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a federal tax credit available to employers who hire individuals from specific target groups. Any business can earn tax credits by hiring individuals who fit one of the program’s target groups such as veterans, disabled persons and persons receiving government assistance. Employers can earn anywhere from $1,200 to…

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Federal Agencies to Crack Down on Employers Using Foreign Hires

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The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued a press release disclosing the recently formed interagency partnership between the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Civil Rights Division Immigrant and Employee Rights Section (IER) and the DOL’s Employment and Training Administration, Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) to stop discrimination against U.S. workers and to help…

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Employers Should be Prepared For Increased I-9 Enforcement in 2019

Employers Should be Prepared For Increased I-9 Enforcement in 2019

It’s evident that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has been active this past year. Expect that trend to continue in 2019 based on U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s proposed budget for 2019. In the Department of Homeland Security’s 2019 FY Budget Summary, a number of additions have been proposed to continue the enforcement of…

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Improve Your Bottom Line and Community with WOTC

Improve Your Bottom Line and Community with WOTC

The federal Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) program can generate your organization savings of up to $9,600 per qualified candidate, which can be a boost to the bottom lines of employers who are actively hiring. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, about $1 billion in tax credits are claimed through the WOTC program annually.…

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