Posts by Robert Sheen

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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