Past WOTC Initiatives
In February of 2018, Congress passed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 which contained a retroactive extension through December 2017 of the Designated Community Resident hiring incentives as well as the Indian Employment hiring incentive. NEON played an active leading role in this effort.
In 2017, because of NEON’s efforts, the Social Security Administration (SSA), after a year and a half of work finally agreed to establish a system to provide the State Workforce Agencies (SWAs) with the information needed to determine eligibility for Supplemental Security Income WOTC hires. Prior to NEON’s efforts, SSA was insisting upon charging $35 per enquiry effectively resulting in SSI requests for certification not being processed.
At the end of 2015, NEON led the effort to get Congress to pass the PATH act which included a five-year extension that goes through 2019. The PATH act includes an expansion of WOTC to the Long-Term Unemployed defined as those who have been unemployed for 26 consecutive weeks or longer.
NEON also played a key role in the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 which extended WOTC for 2 years plus a one-year extension of WOTC in 2014.
NEON worked with the Wayes and Means and the Finance committee to pass Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011: Signed into law on November 21, 2011 the legislation is designed to help veterans of war transition into civilian employment. The VOW act amends and expands the definition of the WOTC “qualified veteran” category, granting a tax credit to employers for hiring certain qualified veterans.