New Law Creates Incentives to Hire Unemployed Veterans
On November 21, 2011, President Obama signed the “Three Percent Withholding Repeal and Job Creation Act.”This new law repeals three percent withholding on certain payments to government contractors, and it provides tax credits to employers who hire unemployed veterans.
The law creates the “Returning Heroes Tax Credit” and the “Wounded Warriors Tax Credit.” Employers may qualify for a credit of up to $5,600 for hiring a veteran who has been looking for employment for more than six months. A credit of up to $2,400 applies for veterans who have been unemployed for more than four weeks but less than six months.
Employers who hire an unemployed veteran with service-connected disabilities who has been looking for work for more than six months may be eligible for a tax credit of up to $9,600.
The credits apply to new hires after November 21, 2011, through December 31, 2012. For more information about the new law, contact our office.