March 21, 2012
The Kansas Commission on Disability Concerns is sharing this information about employment issues for people with disabilities. The KCDC received this message from Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) Coalition President Paul Suplizio about Senator Harkin's proposed bill to expand WOTC for people with disabilities and extend the expiration date to 2015.
Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Welfare, and Pensions (HELP) Committee will soon introduce a bill, the Rebuild America Act, that will quintuple the credit for hiring people with disabilities, allow the credit for two years rather than one, allow the credit for persons eligible for vocational rehabilitation services but are not receiving such services, and extend WOTC for all groups through December 31st, 2015.
Specifically, the bill summary we’ve received from the Committee includes:
• Raising the tax credit from 40% of the first $6,000 of wages to 40% of the first $30,000 of wages;
• Allowing the tax credit for two years rather than one year;
• Allowing the tax credit for persons eligible to receive vocational rehabilitation services, but are not yet receiving such services;
• Allowing the tax credit for SSI recipients with disabilities (Note: All SSI recipients are eligible for WOTC under current law, hence this provision is superfluous; this has been brought to the attention of HELP Committee staff), and
• Extend WOTC for all groups through December 31st, 2015 (Note: We are working with HELP Committee staff to ensure this extension is retroactive to December 31st, 2011).
A copy of the summary received from the Committee is at http://www.kcdcinfo.com/DocumentView.aspx?DID=408 . It deserves close reading as there are many provisions of interest. The bill is being drafted now, so if you wish to provide input on a section other than WOTC, you should contact HELP Committee as soon as possible. If it’s a disability issue, the disability counsel is Lee Perselay, 202-224-6201.
As you are aware, your Coalition has worked with the HELP Committee on this project and our efforts to get more people with disabilities into the workforce and to increase their employment via WOTC are continuing. The Special Assistant to the President for Disability and the Domestic Policy Council at the White House, the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment and Training, the Department of Labor WOTC Coordinator, the Employment and Training Task Force of the Consortium for Citizens With Disabilities, and the Arc have assisted the Coalition in this effort. We owe a great deal to them and we are most grateful for their help.
We recommend the WOTC Coalition support the WOTC provisions of the Harkin bill when it is introduced. We will forward the bill at that time for your review and decision. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 703-587-4566.
PAUL E. SUPLIZIO President, WOTC Coalition