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Spending bill expected to be signed before midnight Friday..

The Senate Voted 71-23 this afternoon to pass a domestic spending package (H.R. 1865)
sending the fiscal 2020 legislation to President Donald Trump before government funding expires at midnight on Friday.

Eric Ueland, the president’s liaison to Congress, told reporters that Trump will sign off on the minibus.

The House passed the package, H.R. 1865 (116), on Tuesday. It would boost funding through the Sept. 30 end of the fiscal year for the departments of Transportation, Education, Health and Human Services, Agriculture and Housing and Urban Development. It would also fund the departments of Interior, Labor, State, Veterans Affairs and Energy, as well as water projects, the FDA, congressional operations and military construction work.

The bill includes a one year extension through 2020 to the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC), Indian Employment Credit (IEC), and Empowerment Zones (EZs). The amendment made in Section 51(c)(4) shall apply to individuals who begin work for employers after December 31, 2019.

The spending bill includes a $2.5M increase in WOTC funding for FY 2020. The increase in funding will help with the administration of the Work Opportunity Tax Credit, reduce backlog at the state level, and provide provision of technical assistance and staff training.

Disaster relief for Hurricanes Florence and Michael and the 2018 California Wildfires is also included within the bill, which would provide tax relief to victims and businesses located in federally designated disaster zones. Businesses located within a disaster zone may received up to $2,400 in tax credits per retained employee.

“Synergi Partners is extremely pleased Congress has included WOTC, Federal Empowerment Zones, Indian Employment and disaster relief credits in this legislation. Additionally, Congress made the ones that expired retroactive. We thank the members of Congress, our valued clients, our trade association NEON and our dedicated team at Synergi for everyone’s contribution to this successful renewal effort,” stated Jim Brown, Synergi Partners CEO.

If you have any questions, please contact the Synergi Partners WOTC Hotline at 877-500-9682 / or contact your dedicated Client Relationship Manager.

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