Tax Credits Blog


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


The latest on WOTC - good news on the horizon!

From Paul Suplizio, President of the WOTC Coalition


November 21, 2014


Both houses of Congress have now adjourned until December 1 for Thanksgiving recess.


House and Senate leaders are staying in town to wind up talks for a bill to fund the government and a tax extenders bill.


Republicans and Democrats are far apart on extenders to be made permanent, which is the main hold-up; but Speaker Boehner, Senator Reid, and Senator McConnell are becoming engaged in these talks and this  should speed up progress for a deal.


When Congress returns there will be eight legislative days remaining in the lame duck session, assuming adjournment on December 11th


Leaders can keep Congress in session if they haven’t completed “must-do” bills like government appropriations and the tax extenders, but there’s a strong desire to end the lame duck as soon as possible and start over in the new Congress on January 6th.




President, WOTC Coalition


If you want WOTC to continue, now is the time to act

November 5, 2014


What happens to WOTC and other tax extenders now is up to Senator McConnell and Speaker Boehner—we’ll know their minds soon because they can’t duck a decision at this date.  McConnell and Boehner need to get the extenders out of the way so they can start the new Congress  with a big push on tax reform and other Republican priorities.

Senior staffs are still assuring everyone an extenders bill will be top priority when Congress returns on November 12th.  That’s a frail basis for optimism because the two leaders who count haven’t decided the route they’ll take to get an extenders bill through the House.  It isn’t a slam-dunk because many House conservatives oppose extenders as “special interest” carve-outs adding $700 billion to the deficit over ten years.


The fastest route is for the House to pass the Senate EXPIRE bill—this works best for WOTC, but House leaders will have to corral Republicans who object to the Senate package as crony capitalism and a deficit raiser. 


Another route is for McConnell and Boehner to negotiate a package the House will agree to.  This poses a danger—the House might insist on passing only a handful of “must-do” extenders like the mortgage relief exclusion, state sales tax deduction, R&D, etc, and defer the remainder to a tax reform bill that won’t be voted till July at the earliest.  If they start negotiating, we’ve got to assure WOTC is on their “must-do” list.


Senator McConnell has always voted for the full package of EXPIRE extenders and went to the floor not long ago to support them publicly.  On the other hand, Speaker Boehner and Chairman Camp support some extenders and not others—they’ve already passed bills making permanent fifteen extenders they support, and WOTC isn’t one of them.


The political difficulty is that Speaker Boehner has to placate members who complain regularly that extenders are a boondoggle, crony capitalism, and a drain on Federal revenue.  He won’t chance a split in his caucus after a successful election and leadership contests ahead in January, so culling the list of extenders, lowering their cost, and telling his members, “This tax extenders bill will be the last” (due to tax reform) could happen.

In sum, we have to work plenty hard starting now to get Senate Republicans to join with Democrats to pass the bi-partisan EXPIRE bill when they return, and House Republicans to pass the Senate bill when it comes before them.  By going all-out to press the case for passing EXPIRE “as is” in both houses, we’ll have the best chance of forestalling a negotiation that might not turn out in our favor.



President, WOTC Coalition