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September 16, 2018 Last Thursday, House Ways and Means approved the cornerstone of Tax Reform 2.0, the “Protecting Families and Small Business Tax Cuts Act,” (H.R. 6760) without action by either Republicans or Democrats to include business tax extenders. Senate Finance Committee members now hold the key to whether business tax extenders will be enacted before the end of the month or deferred until after the election. Our goals remain: • Establishment of new WOTC target groups for Dependents of Active Duty Military Personnel and Transitioning Foster Youth; • Reauthorization of Empowerment Zone tax credits and the Indian Employment Tax Credit; • Repeal including WOTC and other Section 38 tax credits in the Base Erosion Anti-Abuse Tax (BEAT); • Expand the Food Stamp Recipient target group to cover recipients above the age of 40; • Authorize WOTC for all recipients of cash Social Security Disability Insurance payments (not just those referred by a State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency or Employment Network under the Social Security Act); • Raise the wage base for people in the WOTC disability target groups from $6,000 to $12,000 to increase the low rate of workforce participation by people with disabilities by enhancing the incentive for employers to reach out to and hire these workers; • Allow WOTC to be claimed against FICA tax by employers with insufficient taxable income to allow their credits to be fully claimed (with Treasury reimbursing the Social Security trust funds). • Allow private non-profit employers to participate in WOTC to expand opportunity in good healthcare and education jobs to veterans, long-term unemployment recipients, people with disabilities, ex-felons, and others. The above goals have strong evidence-based support, as provided in our detailed statements to Congress. Our tasks for the critical week ahead, then, are to renew contacts with Senator Hatch and other members of the Finance Committee and instill a sense of urgency that time is running out, allowing the business tax extenders listed by the Joint Committee on Taxation in JCX-5-18 to remain expired is wasteful of private sector investments in these programs, harmful to the trust required to continue cooperating with the government, and a blow to the goals and beneficiaries of these programs. The bottom line is, “Please act soon to report a bill extending the expired tax provisions and work for passage, if at all possible, before Congress adjourns for elections. When the Finance Committee meets, please consider important improvements recommended by the Work Opportunity Tax Credit Coalition in correspondence with the Committee.” Please call us, 703-587-4566, or reply to this message, if you have any questions or need assistance with your lobbying. PAUL E SUPLIZIO President, WOTC Coalition