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WOTC Expansion Updates

H.R. 4920 was introduced in March by Rep. Rush (D-IL) and would make a variety of changes to the WOTC program, It would expand the Disconnected Youth category by increasing the age to 24, make the Disconnected Youth and Veteran categories permanent. The bill would add a new target group called “Title I-B youth services recipient” which means “any individual who is a participant (as defined in section 101(34) of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (29 U.S.C. 2801(34))) who is receiving services under chapter 4 of subtitle B of title I of such Act,” and redefine the ex-felon target group as an ex-offender target group that includes those convicted of misdemeanors. The bill would also increase the credit amounts for certain categories and extend the entire WOTC program through Dec. 31, 2015.

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (R-AZ) is introducing legislation (no bill number yet) called the “Job Opportunities Blueprint (JOB) Act” that would add a new target group to WOTC for workers 55 and older whose income is below 125 percent of the federal poverty threshold, and would extend the whole WOTC program through Dec. 31, 2012.

An earlier bill to expand WOTC to include more veterans now has a bill number in the Senate: S. 3398.

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