Posts by Robert Sheen

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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IRS Issues WOTC Deadline Extension in Hurricanes Aftermath

IRS Issues WOTC Deadline Extension in Hurricanes Aftermath

This year’s hurricane season was a traumatic one, especially for those in the southern Atlantic region. Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia were all hit with monster storms. In the aftermath of Hurricane Florence and Michael, the IRS has granted tax relief for Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) certification requests. For those affected…

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DOL’s PAID Extended for 6 Months

DOL’s PAID Extended for 6 Months

U.S. Department of Labor has extended the Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID) pilot program for another six months. The program, which launched in March and was scheduled to conclude last month, will now be extended until April 2019, in hopes of drawing greater participation. The PAID pilot program allows an employer to review Wage and…

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IRS Issues Extension to Receive Tax Credits for Empowerment Zones

IRS Issues Extension to Receive Tax Credits for Empowerment Zones

Employers with employees living in designated empowerment zones have another opportunity to apply for Work Opportunity Tax Credits (WOTC). The IRS recently announced that tax credits for WOTC Target Group D, which consists of individuals ages 18-39 who when hired are residents of an empowerment zone, has been extended. In Notice 2018-47, employers will now…

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Don’t Let Applicant Tracking Systems Trip Up Regulatory Compliance

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From restaurant industries to biopharmaceuticals, employers from all types of industries have implemented applicant tracking systems (ATS) for screening and hiring candidates. Some of the advantages of an ATS include central storage, application throttle, and screening capabilities. These benefits don’t come without potential complications, however. An ATS may lead to a number of costly errors…

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Nevada’s WOTC Process Goes Electronic

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Good news from the state of Nevada for employers anxious to hire and get paid for doing it. The state has taken the initiative to improve its process for handling the federal Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC), which provides tax incentives for employers to hire from specific groups of individuals targeted by the federal program,…

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ICE Age: Raids are Expanding

Since the Trump administration took office, a significant focus has been placed on enforcement of immigration laws by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Acting ICE director Tom Homan advised in 2017 that immigration raids were likely to quintuple in 2018, with both undocumented workers and the places that employ them as targets. That was…

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Claim More Tax Credits with WOTC Program

Claim More Tax Credits with WOTC Program

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) program has sometimes been viewed with a negative stigma. The reality is that candidates eligible for the WOTC certification are hired every day to work in most industries, ranging from restaurants to retail to banking. It’s also true that one in five of job candidates are eligible for WOTC…

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Franchisees May Need to Rethink Their Treatment of Franchise Workers

The National Labor Board (NLRB) is divided on a case involving McDonald’s and it’s workers viewed by many as one of the most consequential labor law precedents of the past decade.. Should corporate McDonald’s (the franchisor) and other similar corporations be liable for the treatment of workers at franchise locations? The answer, once seemingly clear,…

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WOTC Capture Just Got Easier for Texas, Nevada, and Delaware

The Work-Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a credit that many employers should be capturing if they aren’t already doing so. Employers can receive credits for hiring and retaining candidates from specific target groups, such as convicted felons, veterans, and those on government assistance programs such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The process for obtaining WOTC…

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DOL Gives Businesses Second Opportunity For WOTC Job Tax Credits

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The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has rethought its stance on Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) applications submitted in 2014 through 2016 that were rejected for WOTC certification by State Work Agencies (SWAs). The DOL, in Training and Employment Guidance Letter No. 07-17, said that the Social Security Administration (SSA) would be re-evaluating Target Group…

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Use Automated HR to Capitalize on WOTC Employment Tax Credits

Use Automated HR to Capitalize on WOTC Employment Tax Credits

The hiring and onboarding of an employee is often times a time-consuming process for both applicants and employers. Tax-credit screening, document collection, background checks, and employment verification, are all components that take up a lot of time, but they don’t have to with today’s technology. Moving to an automated HR process for onboarding will save…

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CEO Pay Ratio Disclosures Prompt Reaction

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The first of a series of disclosures from public companies comparing CEO pay to that of employees are out as companies work to comply with the CEO pay ratio disclosure rules that are part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. The rule requires public companies to disclose the pay…

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Should Your Company Participate in the ICE IMAGE Program?

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has stepped up its efforts to raid U.S. employers who hire undocumented workers. The results of these raids can be potential criminal prosecution of employers who knowingly hire undocumented workers in addition to prosecution of the workers themselves as well as bad media coverage. However, ICE is also promoting…

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Workers Seeing Minimum Wage Hikes Across the Country in 2018

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While many workers are assessing the benefit of the recent tax reform legislation passed by Congress, which goes into effect for filing 2018 taxes in 2019, many are seeing a real benefit through increases in the minimum wage laws across the country. Starting this month, 4.5 million workers in 18 states and the District of…

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Lyft Offers Educational Benefits to Drivers

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Lyft may have found a better way in its ongoing competition with Uber. The ride-share company that seems to be the Avis to Uber’s Hertz may have one-upped the competition by becoming the first company in the gig economy to offer its drivers education benefits. Lyft is being hailed as the first company in the…

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Can Your Unpaid Taxes Affect Your Business Travel?

It’s time to think FAST. The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, that is. In March, the FACT Act came into effect, seeking to remedy the IRS’s situation with unpaid federal taxes, as well as interest and penalties. The FAST Act applies to those with taxes owed in excess of $50,000—otherwise known as “seriously delinquent taxpayers”—…

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Here Is Some New Light Shed On The PATH Act

In 2015, the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act was passed, otherwise known as the PATH Act. The PATH Act was seemingly self-explanatory, as it aimed to guard Americans from enduring pricey tax hikes. However, there were many parts that left Americans confused, and like many bills passed in recent years it’s a work in…

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