October 17, 2013
Government Shutdown Ends – WOTC Update


After negotiations transpired over the last few days, Congress has worked on a newly accepted plan to end the government shutdown. President Obama signed the bill, that also lifts the debt limit, late yesterday. As noted earlier, the government shutdown on its surface was not excepted to have a lasting detrimental impact on WOTC processing at the states as an ongoing concern, and this development certainly does help pave the way for more focused attention on tax reform and, ideally, WOTC renewal - either as part of tax reform, or as a standalone effort. Recall that WOTC was last renewed on Jan 2, 2013. That extension included a retroactive component to cover the 2012 Hiatus, and one year forward until December 31, 2013.

Ezrie Yellin

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October 1, 2013
WOTC to Continue Despite Government Shutdown

Due to an impasse in both chambers of congress on how to fund the ongoing operation of the Federal government, the government has officially shutdown as of midnight on October 1, 2013 (Note – the federal fiscal year runs October 1 to September 30). This shutdown, as has been widely reported, has far reaching effects on many government services including The Small Business Administration, National Institutes of Health, National Park Service, The Environmental Protection Agency, E-Verify, and the Department of Labor.

To address potential issues facing the DOL, a new TEGL was issued along with an FAQ on specific DOL programs. While WOTC is not mentioned specifically, it is clear that an administrative shutdown affecting the entire Employment Training Authority is in effect. While the Federal budget is tied to the fiscal year as mentioned above, WOTC is funded on a calendar year basis under the legislative authority of the program. Note that the federal portion of the State Workforce Agencies funding only represents a percentage of their overall funding, with Wagner-Peyzer and WIA funds used as supplement.

Equifax will be monitoring this situation and will provide updates as available. For context, government shutdowns have happened before with the longest shutdown in US history lasting 21 days, though most shutdowns have lasted three or less days.

Ezrie Yellin

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September 13, 2013
Deadline Approaches to Begin Use of 2013 9061 Form


As noted earlier on this blog, the Department of Labor issued Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) 34-12 to “To transmit revised WOTC reporting and processing forms to State Workforce Agencies (SWAs), with instructions updated to reflect the new provisions in the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, and provide procedural guidance.”

A new version of the 9061(Individual Characteristics Form) was released at that time and the TEGL allowed for a 90 day transition period. Thereafter:

 “SWAs, participating agencies, employers, and their representatives are encouraged to start using the OMB-approved April 2013 versions of the revised ETA forms as soon as possible, and use of these forms are required to request certifications for new employees 90 days following the publication of this TEGL. After that date, SWAs should not accept other versions of ETA Forms 9061 or Form 9062. During the 90-day transition period, SWAs must permit employers to continue to use either the earlier June 2012 or the revised April 2013 versions of Forms 9061” Thus, all parties should begin using the 2013 9061 for all certification requests sent after 9-14-2013.

Ezrie Yellin

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