Summary: This bill expands the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) to include the hiring of a qualified military spouse. (The WOTC permits employers who hire individuals who are members of a targeted group such as qualified veterans, ex-felons, or long-term unemployment recipients to claim a tax credit equal to a portion of the wages paid to those individuals.)
A “qualified military spouse” is any individual who is certified by the designated local agency as being (as of the hiring date) a spouse of a member of the Armed Forces. Cosponsors
ANGIE CRAIG’S POSITION: Representative Craig cosponsored the bill on 6/20/19.
STATUS: Introduced 5/22/19 by Rep. Delgado, Antonio [D-NY-19] .
INFORMATION RELATED TO THE BILL:
- “Military families make immense sacrifices for our country, yet military spouses experience an unemployment rate of nearly 30%. Supporting military families is a top priority, and I’m proud to introduce legislation to address the military spouse unemployment crisis and empower thousands of families in Upstate New York and across the country,” said Rep. Delgado. “I thank my co-leads on both sides of the aisle for joining me to introduce the Military Spouse Hiring Act today.” (Source: Rep. Delgado, Press Release, 5/23/19)