Long Term Employment Of Ex-Felons Tax Credit

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Businesses that operate in Maryland and hire one or more ex-felons during the period from January 1, 2007, through December 31, 2011, who are employed by the business for at least one year, may be entitled to a credit for a portion of the wages paid to those employees.

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Long Term Employment Of Ex-Felons Tax Credit

  1. 1. Long-Term Employ of Ex-Felons Tax Credit Businesses that operate in Maryland and hire one or more ex-felons during the period from January 1, 2007, through December 31, 2011, who are employed by the business for at least one year, may be entitled to a credit for a portion of the wages paid to those employees. A qualified employee is a “qualified ex-felon” in accordance with Section 51(d)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code. A business may not claim a credit for an employee who is hired to replace a laid-off employee or an employee who is on strike, or for which the business simultaneously receives federal or state employment training benefits. This credit may not be claimed if the Employment Opportunity Tax Credit or Maryland Disability Employment Tax Credit has been claimed for that employee. To qualify for the credit: The company must hire at least one ex-felon between January 1, 2007, and December 31, 2011, and employ that person for a minimum of one year. The company must also obtain certification from the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation that the individual is a qualified ex-felon. How the credit is calculated: A credit is allowed for each qualified ex-felon for a two-year period beginning with the first year the employee was qualified. The credit for each qualified employee hired is equal to 30% of the first $6,000 of qualified first year wages and 20% of the first $6,000 of qualified second year wages. If the credit is more than the state tax liability, the unused credit may be carried forward for up to five (5) tax years. A tax-exempt organization may estimate the amount of the tax credit for qualifying employees for the tax year. The total amount of the estimated credit should be divided evenly over the number of periods for filing withholding returns, Form MW506. The taxexempt organization could apply the credit against the tax on unrelated business tax income. For example, if quarterly returns are required, then the total estimated credit should be divided by four. Each payment to the Comptroller would be reduced by the pro rata amount of the credit. Alternatively, the tax-exempt organization could apply the credit against the tax on unrelated business taxable income.
  2. 2. Documentation required: Form 500CR must be submitted with the appropriate Maryland Income Tax Return - Form 500 for Corporations, Form 510 and 510 Schedule K-1 for Pass-Through Entities, and Form 502 or 505 for Individuals. State and local income taxes withheld: Form 500CR must be submitted with Form MW 508, Maryland Annual Employer Withholding Reconciliation Report. The credit cannot be claimed if either the Employment Opportunity Tax Credit or the Maryland Disability Employment Tax Credit is claimed for the same employee. Contact: Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning 1100 N. Eutaw Street, Room 201 Baltimore, MD 21201 Phone: 410-767-2047 E-mail: taxcredit@dllr.state.md.us McMillan Consulting 828A E. Baltimore St. Baltimore, MD 21202 Phone: 410-775-6226 Web: http://mcmillancos.com E-mail: info@mcmillancos.com McMillan Consulting is not affiliated with the state of Maryland. This document is for informational purposes. Contact us, the appropriate agency for this credit or your tax professional for further assistance. You can view Maryland's tax credits by visiting http://macadvises.net/mdtaxsignal.php and clicking on the MD Business Tax Credits link. We can send you a hard copy of this or any of our info sheets for Maryland tax credits.

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