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2014 is in the bag - 2015 being bantered about

Congress is dealing with the tax extenders for 2015 as we speak including some changes such as a new category for veterans, adding LT Unemployed as a WOTC category and others.  I won't get too excited right now - so far its mainly talk but they have said its not right to drag these programs out for a year without resolution, leaving people in the dark.


Ken Brice




Thanks to the efforts of Paul Suplizio of the WOTC Coalition, SWAs have received instructions to start processing 2014 certifications that have been submitted on a timely basis.  The determinations should start coming in this week.

What's still open is the instructions from the IRS as to whether or not companies that did not file their certifications timely in 2014 can do so.  After the 2012 hiatus, the IRS opened a window for companies to file their applications that was open through 4/29/13.  It is expected they will follow suit this year.

If you have not filed any paperwork in 2014, now is the time to start gathering the proper paperwork so you don't miss this "bluebird".

I can help - call me, 609-252-0044.


Ken Brice



December 16, 2014


H.R. 5771, Tax Increase Prevention Act, passed the Senate tonight by a vote of 76-16.  Sixty votes were required for passage.

Text of the bill is available at www.congress.gov, click on “Legislation” and insert HR 5771.


WOTC is retroactive to January 1, 2014 and applies to employees who commence work for the employer through December 31, 2014.


We will notify you of the date the bill is signed by the President, which is the effective date of the provisions of the Act.

It’s regrettable that gross miscues by the White House and House Leaders ruined a good bill and led to extension of only one year.  We must put that behind us and in the last week of December we’ll present outlook and objectives for next year’s campaign.  We’ll launch as soon as the new Congress is seated on January 6.


Loads of thanks to all who participated in the campaign—your hard work and determination brought us this far and will carry us through 2015.


A Merry Christmas to all!



President, WOTC Coalition


And we wait

It looks as though our bill will be the last thing the Senate approves before they adjourn for the holiday - if they approve it.  Still waiting but we now know we will only get 2014 approved so, if you haven't sent in forms on your 2014 hires, now's the time.


Ken Brice



The Latest on the WOTC extensions

December 4, 2014


The Senate adjourned tonight without action on HR 5771, the Tax Prevention Act of 2014 passed by the House yesterday.

The Senate will reconvene on Monday, December 18th, for the last week of the lame duck session.

Senator Reid has told the Senate to be prepared for a long week and possibly longer.

The latest word from the Majority Leader today is, “We’re still trying to do tax extenders.”


During the last week of a session a single senator can kill a bill by filibustering.  At such times, the two Leaders are in continuous negotiations over bills or amendments other senators want. 


Senator Reid and Senator McConnell will be working privately this weekend with senators to dispose of matters they want dealt with in the remaining important bills—Omnibus Appropriations, Defense Authorization, and Tax Extenders.


Right now, what’s holding up a two-year tax extender bill is the question of what precisely should go into a Senate amendment to H.R. 5771—Republicans have provisions they would like to see, and  Democrats have been unable to agree to some.  At this point they’ve boxed themselves in and Senator Reid and Senator McConnell are still talking about what can be done.


If Reid and McConnell can’t resolve matters this weekend there’s still a way forward, and that’s for the Leaders to bring an amendment to H. R. 5771 that only changes the expiration date from end-2014 to end-2015. 


Our lobbying can help them out.  Let’s re-double our efforts with senators tomorrow and Monday.  Reserve those whom you know are already supportive of a two-year extension, and reach out to other senators of your state, or states where you have operations, and press them to support amending H.R. 5771 to change the expiration date from 2014 to 2015.  Tell them the Senate should be able to agree on that much—even Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp said after passing H.R. 5771 that a two-year extension would be more effective.



President, WOTC Coalition