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H.R. 4840: More WOTC Enhancement Proposals

Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) has introduced H.R. 4840 which focuses on enhancing WOTC for businesses that hire ex-offenders.

The bill would make four changes to the WOTC program:

  1. 1. Increase the amount of qualified wages for an employee qualified in the ex-offender category from $6,000 to $14,000 for a maximum credit of $5,600 (matching the amount available for the long-term unemployed veteran category).
  2. 2. Index that new qualified wage cap to inflation.
  3. 3. Expand the definition of a qualified ex-felon from someone hired within 1 year of conviction to within 3 years of conviction.
  4. 4. And, oh, make all of WOTC permanent.
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