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WOTC Tax Credits

Tax Relief for When Disaster Strikes

The start of summer also marks the beginning of hurricane season for the south and eastern parts of the United States and the start of wildfire season in western parts of the United States. While no one ever wishes that disaster strikes, there’s always the possibility.

For those who have had the misfortune of dealing with a major disaster or are worried that you might one day, the IRS does have solutions. Despite popular belief, the IRS does not have it out for anyone. In fact the IRS is in the habit of helping people and businesses dealing with a major disaster.

How Do I Know if I Qualify?

The first thing you need to establish is whether or not the disaster you experienced was large and impactful enough for it to be declared a natural disaster by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This is important because the IRS only recognizes incidents that were declared emergencies by FEMA.

For a list of the qualifying events, you can visit the IRS here.

Have I Met All Tax Deadlines Following the Disaster?

If FEMA has declared your event an emergency, then the IRS extends several deadlines for business owners including payroll taxes, quarterly estimates and even filing your return. Note that this is an extension, which means while they may not be due now, those taxes will eventually be due.

Make sure you plan and prepare for that bill so you’re not surprised when the deadline finally arrives.

How Can I Get Tax Relief Quickly Following a Disaster?

One of the key things the IRS does to try and help disaster victims immediately is to allow them to amend their tax returns from the previous year. This is important because it means the taxpayer can receive a disaster-related tax refund without waiting.

In addition to allowing these amended returns, the IRS also expedites the processing of the returns to make sure refunds are handed out as quickly as possible. For details on amended returns visit the IRS website here.

When you amend your return, it’s important that you look at the casualty loss deduction and itemize your return if necessary.

According to the IRS, “A casualty loss can result from the damage, destruction, or loss of your property from any sudden, unexpected, or unusual event such as a flood, hurricane, tornado, fire, earthquake, or volcanic eruption. A casualty doesn’t include normal wear and tear or progressive deterioration.” (For full details, visit the IRS website here.)

Make sure that any deductions you take are calculated after you receive an insurance reimbursement or take the potential reimbursement out of the amount you’re deducting. The IRS doesn’t let you double dip by getting a tax deduction for a loss and getting a payout from insurance.

What if I Don’t Live in the Disaster Area, but I’m Still Affected?

The IRS tries to cover all of its bases when it’s dealing with taxes so there are no loopholes for people. That’s why the agency actually has a policy to deal with people that are affected by the disaster even if they do not live in the disaster area. Affected parties include people whose tax preparers operate in the disaster area and people involved in business partnerships or corporations that operate in disaster areas.

For full details, you can visit the IRS website here.

Extra Relief for Major Disasters

The IRS also understands that some disasters are more devastating than others and therefore have a bigger financial impact on businesses, that’s why extra tax relief can be added on in some situations.

For example, in 2017 businesses in parts of Florida and Texas affected by the hurricanes received up to $2,400 in deduction per employee.

It’s important that you talk to your tax professional about any deductions that may be available to you or your business following a major disaster. The advice offered in this article is not based on your specific situation and therefore may or may not be the best advice for you. If you need help making sure you get the best tax benefit for your situation, you can always contact us here at The Tax Credit Group.

Ways to Go Green and Save Your Business Money

Making your business environmentally friendly isn’t just good for the Earth it may also be good around tax time. That’s because the IRS has a lot of tax credits and deductions in place for businesses that make an effort to go green and encourage their employees to do the same.

Encourage Bicycling to Work

Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2018, employers are allowed to deduct some bicycle commuting reimbursements that they give to their employees as business expenses. From now through 2025, you can reward your employees for bicycling to work, and then take a tax deduction as a result. In order to qualify, you must reimburse the employee through their wages.

Consider Green Energy Sources

The Business Energy Investment Tax Credit will reward you for investing in energy-saving modifications on your business. When you work things like solar panels, fuel cells, small wind turbines or geothermal systems into your business or office building, you may qualify for a tax credit.

The credits are starting to phase out and will almost completely expire in 2022. In 2019, you have the opportunity to get anywhere from 10% to 30% in tax credits. Check the Energy.gov website for an idea of what kind of credit your business is eligible to receive.

The credit only applies to “investment credit property”, in other words, something that can be depreciated or amortized. You must also own the equipment or property or, in the case of the equipment, you have built it yourself.

Consider LEED Certification

If you own your own building and go green enough, you may qualify for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. The rating system was created by the U.S. Green Building Council.

While the tax benefits are limited for LEED certification (the aforementioned Business Energy Investment Tax Credit is one of them), according to the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED certified buildings lease faster, have higher resale prices and use less energy, water and other resources.

Make Energy Saving Changes Within the Office

This one isn’t really a tax savings tip, but it is a money saving one. The next time you’re shopping for new light bulbs for the office, choose Energy Star qualified ones. Or choose Energy Star approved appliances for the break room. Energy Star is a government-backed agency that backs the most energy-efficient products on the market.

In other words, use the money you already set aside for office supplies and appliances and buy Energy Star approved items. Not only are you lowering your utility bill, but in the case of appliances, you may also qualify for money back rebates offered for purchasing Energy Star appliances.

Check to See What Your State Offers

Depending on your state, you may also qualify for state tax deductions or credits that overlap with the ones you receive at the federal level. The website Dsire USA breaks down every state’s energy policies and incentives. Check the site to make sure you’re receiving the full benefit of any environmentally friendly changes you make to your business.

As with all the advice we offer, you should talk with a tax professional before you make a decision about what’s best for your business. The Tax Credit Group is happy to offer any support it can for your specific situation. Just send us a message and we’ll cater our advice to your particular situation.

How Small Businesses Can Take Advantage of Tax Savings when it Comes to Retirement

According to the Small Business Administration’s latest survey, there were approximately 30.2 million small businesses in the U.S. in 2018 with a total of 58.9 million employees. That means a majority of those small businesses were run by just one person, maybe two at the most.

Small business owners are stranded in a weird limbo when it comes to retirement. Unlike regular employees who have a steady paycheck that they can draw from to stash away cash for retirement, small business owners operate differently. The good/lucky ones can take a steady paycheck from the company. The others may be struggling from month to month and see their pay struggle as well.

So what are the retirement plan options for small business owners and how can they stretch that money as far as possible through tax credits and tax deductions.

Traditional IRA

Tax Benefits: These are pre-tax funds that go into a Traditional IRA so you’re making your money go further in the beginning. Just remember, you will be taxed when you withdraw those funds. In some cases, you can deduct a portion or all of the money you contribute to your Traditional IRA from your taxes.

Limitations: The IRS is constantly updating this, but for 2019 anyone under the age of 50 can contribute up to $6,000 to their IRA. Anyone over the age of 50 can contribute up to $7,000.

Roth IRA

Tax Benefits: None when you start out because you’re depositing funds that have already been taxed, however, when you retire the funds are withdrawn from the plan, tax-free.

Limitations: The amount you can donate to your Roth IRA will depend on how much money you make and whether you file your taxes single, married or something else. The upward limitation is $6,000 for anyone under the age of 50 and $7,000 for anyone over the age of 50, though that limit can be decreased or even be zero if you make too much money.

The Roth IRA is really for small business owners or employees who don’t make a lot of money and remember in the case of small businesses, a lot of time the income from the small business is also counted as your personal income.

SEP IRA

A SEP IRA or Simplified Employee Pension IRA is a method of saving for your employees and yourself. In many cases, it may be just you as a small business owner.

How is it different from a Traditional/Roth IRA?

While the term IRA is used, the SEP IRA is very different from a Traditional/Roth IRA. The SEP IRA is a pension plan, which means the company is making a contribution on behalf of the employee. With small businesses, this is often the same person, but it is an important distinction.

Additionally, the upward limit of what can be contributed to a SEP IRA can be much higher than what can be contributed to a Traditional/Roth IRA.

Tax Benefits: The biggest benefit of the SEP IRA is that the company can take a tax deduction for contributions. Because this is along the lines of a pension plan, this also includes deposits made into any employee accounts.

Requirements: As with anything having to do with taxes, the more deductions you’re allowed, the more hoops you have to jump through. The SEP IRA must be registered with the IRS, so you’ll have to fill out a form. You’ll also need a written agreement with all of the employees involved and you’ll need to set up IRA accounts for them.

You can find a full list of the requirements here.

Limitations: Every employee must receive the same percentage of compensation in a SEP IRA and that compensation is capped at $56,000 (for 2019) or 25% of annual pay, whichever is smaller. SEP IRAs are only available to people 21 and older and they must have worked for your company for three of the last five years.

In other words, this is an option for more established businesses, not new ones.

You can see a full list of the rules here.

Other Benefit: According to Investopedia, the real benefit of the SEP IRA is the ability to contribute based on the health of the business. If the business is having a down year, you can skip the contribution to the SEP IRA entirely.

One-Participant 401(k)

When you think of a 401(k) plan, you usually think of something that’s offered by large corporations and businesses, but the IRS actually has what it calls a one-participant 401(k) plan or Solo 401(k).

It’s a plan specifically set up for small business owners with no employees, though they can add their spouse to the plan.

Tax Benefits: Whatever your company matches in contributions to the 401(k) plan can be deducted from your taxes. That means you may put $5,000 into the 401(k), use company funds to match it up to 25% of the contribution and then deduct that match against your taxes.

Limitations: The real downside of this option is that you cannot have any employees. If you do, it immediately disqualifies you from this option.

Other Benefit: The true benefit of a 401(k) plan compared to other plans is the upward amount you are allowed to contribute. You can put up to $56,000 or 100% of your salary (whichever is less) into your retirement, plus your company can match up to 25% of that contribution, which means more savings when times are good.

Other Plans

There are other options to employers such as the Simple IRA or Defined Benefit Plan, but both can be significantly more costly to small businesses and usually aren’t options unless your business is well established and has great cash flow.

Additional Tax Benefits

No matter what plan you choose, remember that you may be able to qualify for tax credits on the cost of starting up the retirement plan. The IRS offers tax credits for the first three years of startup costs, up to $500.

When you’re running a small business, every penny counts, so be sure to look into that as well.

If you’re a small business owner looking to start up a retirement plan for yourself or your employees, make sure you talk to your financial advisor first. You can also reach out to us here at The Tax Credit Group. We’re always happy to help.

Alternative Motor Vehicle Tax Credits

When it comes to running a business, especially one that relies on transportation, it’s important that you take every advantage you can. It can be financially painful to purchase a new work vehicle every five to ten years and even more painful if you need to purchase more than one vehicle.

Luckily, the IRS gives you a chance to ease that pain just a little bit.

The Plug-In Electric Drive Vehicle Credit

The IRS created this credit almost 10 years ago as a way to incentivize people to purchase alternative motor vehicles. When it was initially launched, people who purchased plug-in hybrids or electric vehicles could receive a tax credit of anywhere from $2,500 to $7,500. That same credit applied to businesses.

But the IRS was smart, and it did not make the credits unlimited. Instead, it built into the system a phase-out for each manufacturer. Once the manufacturer sells 200,000 of the qualified vehicles, the credit has expired.

So, while the Prius and Volt are off the table, there are still a few vehicles that qualify for the credit in 2019. If they fit into the overall business plans, you should definitely take advantage. To find the latest updated list on the IRS website, click here.

An added bonus to this credit is that some states offer a separate tax credit as well. The Energy Sage website has the vehicle credit broken down by state. Click here to see if your state offers a separate tax credit.

As with all tax credits, there are a few other caveats. For one thing, you need to make sure that the vehicle is new and that you are purchasing the vehicle, not leasing it. If you’re leasing it, then the leasing agency (in most cases the dealership) is the one that has the right to claim the tax credit. You, of course, can work out a deal with the dealership to work that credit into the price of the purchase.

There are also mileage, fuel efficiency, and battery standards that the vehicle must meet in order to qualify as well.

One Purchase with Dual Benefit

Aside from the tax credit, there’s also the benefit of tax deductions. As a business owner, you know that assets like vehicles depreciate, which means you can write off a portion of the cost of the vehicle every year. Since tax credits and tax deductions are considered different items on a tax form, it’s possible to get a dual benefit from one purchase.

As with all advice provided on this blog, it’s very important that you talk to a tax professional about your specific situation. We realize that every company has different challenges and successes and what will benefit one company may not benefit another.

We here at The Tax Credit Group understand the intricacies of the tax laws and how to make them work to your advantage. Feel free to contact us at any time for a consultation.

How Spring Cleaning and Tax Deductions Go Hand In Hand

It’s springtime and for many people, that means spring cleaning. However, spring cleaning should not just be for your home, you should also think about extending it to your business. It’s tough to admit that the inventory that’s been gathering dust on your shelf is never going to sell, or the old business equipment that you upgraded last year really has no use anymore.

Saving it is taking up something even more valuable in your business, space. It’s time to be honest with yourself and admit, you’re never going to use it again, or in the case of old inventory, you won’t be able to sell it. But instead of trashing it, why not donate it and get a little bit of benefit after you say good-bye?

Tax Deductions for Property Donations

When it comes to the IRS, property isn’t just land, it’s items too. The IRS allows you to deduct what it calls the “Fair Market Value” (FMV) of property. FMV means what you could conceivably get for a piece of property if you sold it.

For example, you can’t donate a 1994 Ford pick-up truck in marginal condition and say it’s worth $10,000. You have to either provide proof that you made sufficient upgrades to the truck to make it worth $10,000 or prove that someone was willing to pay $10,000 to purchase the truck. It’s a lot of work and that’s a simple example.

To keep everyone from having to prove the FMV of the items they donate, the IRS gives you up to $500 in donations without requiring a form. Anything more than $500, you’ll need to fill out a Form 8283 and you’ll probably need to prove that your property is worth what you say it’s worth.

There are a lot of other factors that go into determining the FMV and some of them require appraisals before you donate. If you would like to see a more extensive write up on how to determine the FMV, the IRS has drafted this article.

Once you determine the FMV of your item, deducting it may have benefits to your company come tax time. It’s an easy way to make that unwanted property do some work for you.

What Else Can You Donate and Deduct?

Money – The value of this one is pretty easy to determine. It’s a dollar for dollar deduction, though there is a cap. That cap will depend on your company’s tax situation.

Time – The value of your time is not deductible. That means you can’t deduct $400 because you volunteered for four hours and you normally bill $100/hour. However, you can deduct “…certain expenses incurred and related to your volunteer work. For example, if you host a party or fundraiser for the organization, you can deduct the costs. Other deductibles include supplies (e.g. stationery), the costs of a uniform and telephone expenses.” (Per the Small Business Administration)

Ask the Pros

The IRS has a lot of forms and a lot of systems in place to make sure that if you’re taking a tax deduction because of a donation, you’re doing it the right way. Filling out a form is only one part of the process, you need to make sure you’re also providing the correct documentation for any deduction claims you’re making. Not only does this keep you within the boundaries of the law, but it also ensures that if you get audited you’re prepared with proper documentation.

As with any tax deduction, you should always, always talk to a tax professional before you make any moves. That person is going to know the ins and outs of the tax laws better than anyone, plus he or she will be up to date on any changes that may have happened recently.

We here at Tax Credit Group can help you through all of that. All you need to do is give us a call.

The Difference Between a Tax Credit and a Tax Write-Off / Deduction

For non-tax people, it can be easy to consider a tax credit and a tax write-off to be one and the same. After all, both of them offer benefits on your taxes, ideally in the form of you paying less. In other words, they’re both good.

But to a tax professional, they are actually different and one is better than the other, though both are ideal.

What is a Tax Credit?

To put it as simply as possible, tax credits “…reduce taxes directly and do not depend on tax rates.” (Tax Policy Center)

In other words, if you have a $500 tax credit, then that’s $500 off of your taxes, no matter what your tax rate is.

What is a Tax Write-Off/Deduction?

As for a tax write-off or deduction, “The value of all deductions, itemized or otherwise, depends on the taxpayer’s tax liability and marginal tax rate.” (Tax Policy Center)

What that means is that the deduction is going to vary by what tax bracket you fall into. For example, if you have a $10,000 deduction, your taxes will be reduced by $1,200 if you’re in a 12% tax bracket, but $3,200 if you’re in the 32% tax bracket.

What’s Better, a Tax Credit or a Tax Deduction?

According to Investopedia, “Tax credits are more favorable than tax deductions or exemptions because tax credits reduce tax liability dollar for dollar. While a deduction or exemption still reduces the final tax liability, they only do so within an individual’s marginal tax rate.”

The other benefit comes if you have enough tax credits that your net liability drops below zero. “Some credits…are refundable, which means that you still receive the full amount of the credit even if the credit exceeds your entire tax bill.” (Turbo Tax)

When it comes to deductions, there are some deductions that can be rolled over to the next year, but deductions are often capped, which means it is difficult to drop your net liability below zero with deductions alone.

As a Business Owner, Why Do I Care?

Tax credits and tax deductions are independent of each other, which means that you are perfectly within your rights to take both on your taxes. It’s important that you remember to look into and take advantage of both as you do your taxes so that the system works for you instead of against you.

As always, the tax advice we provide in these blog posts is generic in an effort to apply to the most people possible. To get an idea about how your specific company can benefit, you should seek out the advice of a tax professional.

We here at The Tax Credit Group understand the ins and outs of the tax laws and how to make them best work to your advantage. Feel free to contact us at any time for a consultation.

Public Aid Recipients

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is awarded to employers for hiring from ten target groups. Some of the most commonly certified (WOTC) groups are recipients of federal public aid, such as food stamps, family assistance (TANF) or social security. Chances are you’ve hired someone in this category without ever knowing it.

Over 19 million households received SNAP (food stamps) nationwide in 2018, USDA reports say. More than a million families qualified for family assistance funding, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

When you hire from these segments, you could earn up to $2400 per eligible new hire. New hires must work at least 120 hours in their first year of employment.   Qualifications include the following:

SNAP (food stamps) Beneficiaries

  • At least 18 years AND
  • Member of family that received SNAP within six months before hire OR for three to five of the previous six months

SSI Recipients

  • Received SSI benefits within 60 days of date of hire

Long Term Family Assistance (TANF) Recipients

  • Received assistance under a IV-A program for at least 18 consecutive months before hire date, OR
  • Received assistance for 18 months after 8/5/1997 and it’s been under 2 years since the end of the earliest of the 18-month period, OR
  • No longer eligible for aid due to Federal or State laws limiting maximum time that payments are allowed and it’s been under two years since cessation

Tax Relief for Hurricane Michael & Florence

Do you operate in an area affected by last year’s hurricanes? Do you hire persons in impacted areas? If so, your business may have extra time to submit Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) applications.

Under typical circumstances, WOTC program participants have 28 days from new hires’ start dates to apply for the Work Opportunity Tax Credit.  For those most impacted by Hurricanes Michael and Florence, the Federal Disaster Relief extends the deadline. Now through February 27, 2019, extension guidelines allow eligible businesses to submit new hires made between September 10, 2018 and January 31, 2019.

Qualified businesses must either operate in a disaster zone or hire persons from corresponding areas.  The temporary extension applies to the following areas:

Hurricane Michael:

Alabama counties: Geneva, Henry, Houston, and Mobile.

Florida counties: Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Hamilton, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Okaloosa, Suwannee, Taylor, Wakulla, Walton, and Washington.

Georgia counties: Appling, Atkinson, Bacon, Baker, Ben Hill, Berrien, Bleckley, Brooks, Bulloch, Burke, Calhoun, Candler, Chattahoochee, Clay, Coffee, Colquitt, Cook, Crawford, Crisp, Decatur, Dodge, Dooly, Dougherty, Early, Echols, Emanuel, Evans, Glascock, Grady, Hancock, Houston, Irwin, Jeff Davis, Jefferson, Jenkins, Johnson, Jones, Laurens, Lee, Macon, Marion, Miller, Mitchell, Montgomery, Peach, Pulaski, Putnam, Quitman, Randolph, Schley, Screven, Seminole, Stewart, Sumter, Tattnall, Telfair, Terrell, Thomas, Tift, Toombs, Treutlen, Turner, Twiggs, Washington, Webster, Wheeler, Wilcox, Wilkinson, and Worth.

Hurricane Florence:

North Carolina counties:  Allegany, Alamance, Anson, Ashe, Beaufort, Bertie, Bladen, Brunswick, Cabarrus, Carteret, Chatham, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Dare, Davidson, Duplin, Durham, Granville, Greene, Guilford, Harnett, Hoke, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lee, Lenoir, Madison, McDowell, Montgomery, Moore, New Hanover, Onslow, Orange, Pamlico, Pender, Person, Pitt, Polk, Randolph, Richmond, Robeson, Rowan, Sampson, Scotland, Stanly, Tyrrell, Union, Wayne, Wilson, and Yancey.

South Carolina counties: Berkeley, Calhoun, Charleston, Chesterfield, Clarendon, Colleton, Darlington, Dillon, Dorchester, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Jasper, Lancaster, Marion, Marlboro, Orangeburg, Sumter, and Williamsburg Counties.

Virginia counties: Botetourt, Charles City, Chesterfield, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Grayson, Halifax, Henry, Isle of Wight, King and Queen, King William, Lancaster, Lunenburg, Mathews, Mecklenburg, Nelson, Northumberland, Nottoway, Patrick, Pittsylvania, Pulaski, Russell and Roanoke Counties and the Independent Cities of Bristol, Danville, Franklin, Hampton, Martinsville, Newport News, Richmond, and Williamsburg.

WOTC is a federal tax credit awarded to businesses who hire from populations that have historically faced barriers to employment.  Companies can earn as much as $2,400 in tax credit for each eligible new hire.

For more information, contact us at 563-583-2115 or try our savings calculator to see how much tax credit you can earn.

WOTC Target Groups

Recently we’ve heard from a quite a few people that said they don’t participate in the Work Opportunity Tax Credit Program (WOTC) because they “don’t hire people that would qualify.”  More often than not, after a brief discussion, we were able to discover that they did hire qualified employees.  We’re not sure where the misunderstandings are coming from, but we thought this to be great time to revisit the list of WOTC target groups so more companies can be better informed when exploring the program.

There are 9 Target Groups of employees that U.S. employers can hire to earn WOTC tax credits. Below we’ve provided a brief overview of each target group without going into all specifics.

1.) Military Veterans
Military veterans must meet one of two criteria in order to qualify for any credits. They must have served at least six months of active duty or been discharged from active duty because of an service-related injury. Secondly, active duty lasting three months or longer must be completed at least sixty days before they’re hired.

2.) Long Term Unemployed
Employees that have been unemployed for a combined 6 months of the previous 12 months prior to their hire date.

3.) SNAP (Food Stamps) Recipients
Eligible SNAP applicants are identified as those who are between 18 and 39 and live in a household that is receiving food stamp aid.

4.) TANF Recipients (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families)
Hired employees meet the criteria if they have been on TANF benefits for at least 18 months consecutively or cumulatively prior to their hire date.

5.)  SSI
New hires who received Social Security Income as part of Title XVI define this target group.

6.) Vocational rehabilitation referrals
Individuals qualify if they have physical or mental disabilities and complete a certified vocational rehabilitation program.

7.) Empowerment Zones
Candidates under 40 meet this criteria as long as they reside in federally- designated Rural Renewal or Empowerment Communities.

8.) Summer Youth
16-17 year-old new hires, residing in Empowerment Zones are categorized through the summer youth target group.  New hires must take place from  mid-May through September

9.) Ex-felons
WOTC-qualified ex-felons include those with release dates within 12 months of their hire date.

Many companies have dismissed participating in the WOTC program because the believed that no one they hired would qualify.  Sadly this has been a costly mistake for a lot of companies.  With the maximum credit per employee being $2,500, $4,500, or $9,600 you can see it doesn’t take that many qualifying employees to add up to significant tax savings.  We typically see that 20-25% of new hires qualify for the program.

If you’d like to explore the WOTC program further and what your potential tax savings could be, click here to contact us, or here to use our free estimating calculator.

Don’t Miss This Last Chance to Earn 2015 Tax Credits

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The Federal Government recently announced their renewal of the Work Opportunity Tax Credit Program. (WOTC) for 2015 through 2019 and that is really great news!

The WOTC program experienced some challenges in 2015 stemming from the late December renewal.  Although the renewal was retroactive, it created a hardship for employers seeking to take advantage of these lucrative tax credits.

Due to the challenges last year, many people chose not to participate and apply for 2015 tax credits.

The most exciting news is that the IRS recently issued notice 2016-40. This notice makes 2 very important allowances you need to know about.

  1. You now have an opportunity to go back and get your Work Opportunity Tax Credits (WOTC) by submitting ALL employees you hired between January 1, 2015 and May 31, 2016!
  2. A new target segment has been added to the types of employees you can submit for tax credit. The new group is Long Term Unemployed and is available to all employees hired anytime in 2016.

 

With this provision ANY employer can currently submit all of their 2015 new hires for credit qualification!

This is a nearly unprecedented move by the IRS.  Since the inception of WOTC in 1996, this is only the second time such an extension has been made available by the IRS.

RIGHT NOW is the absolute perfect time to get started and receive retroactive credits for all 2015 and 2016 new hires!  This is the ideal scenario for all of you that were heavily considering WOTC last year but held off because of the pending renewal.

There’s only one catch! We Must get all of your 2015 new hires submitted ASAP! 
We don’t want you to miss any available Work Opportunity Tax Credits (WOTC) or have them delayed.

The official deadline to submit last year’s employees under this transitional relief provision is June 29, 2016, but we want to get your employees submitted ASAP before all the other companies in your state submit theirs. Procrastinating will increase the risk of missing credits or having your credits delayed by several months because other companies submitted before you. We will handle all the leg work for you, but we need to get started sooner rather than later.

To get an estimate of just how much your 2015 WOTC tax credits are worth, use our calculator HERE or contact us HERE and we’ll help you get started.

Don’t miss this opportunity and over-pay your 2015 taxes!

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