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New WOTC Categories in House Stimulus Bill

H.R. 1 is titled “The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009,” and among the $1 trillion of stuff are two new WOTC target groups:

PART 3–INCENTIVES FOR NEW JOBS

SEC. 1421. INCENTIVES TO HIRE UNEMPLOYED VETERANS AND DISCONNECTED YOUTH.

(a) In General- Subsection (d) of section 51 is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

`(14) CREDIT ALLOWED FOR UNEMPLOYED VETERANS AND DISCONNECTED YOUTH HIRED IN 2009 OR 2010-

`(A) IN GENERAL- Any unemployed veteran or disconnected youth who begins work for the employer during 2009 or 2010 shall be treated as a member of a targeted group for purposes of this subpart.

`(B) DEFINITIONS- For purposes of this paragraph–

`(i) UNEMPLOYED VETERAN- The term `unemployed veteran’ means any veteran (as defined in paragraph (3)(B), determined without regard to clause (ii) thereof) who is certified by the designated local agency as–

`(I) having been discharged or released from active duty in the Armed Forces during 2008, 2009, or 2010, and

`(II) being in receipt of unemployment compensation under State or Federal law for not less than 4 weeks during the 1-year period ending on the hiring date.

`(ii) DISCONNECTED YOUTH- The term `disconnected youth’ means any individual who is certified by the designated local agency–

`(I) as having attained age 16 but not age 25 on the hiring date,

`(II) as not regularly attending any secondary, technical, or post-secondary school during the 6-month period preceding the hiring date,

`(III) as not regularly employed during such 6-month period, and

`(IV) as not readily employable by reason of lacking a sufficient number of basic skills.’.

(b) Effective Date- The amendments made by this section shall apply to individuals who begin work for the employer after December 31, 2008.

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