Can you imagine knowingly hiring a felon?
I frequently recommend it.
You would think that processing millions of background checks and the coinciding criminal felony records would make me a bit pessimistic when it comes to hiring a person convicted of a felony. But in reality, I happily consult and advise that an organization’s next best employee could very likely be an ex-felon who is successfully turning their life around.
Many HR professionals and business owners are unaware the federal government wants you to hire Felons and will pay you!
The IRS issues qualifying employers tax credits under the “Work Opportunity Tax Credit program” ( WOTC)
The WOTC program has enabled companies to receive up to $9,600 in tax credits for each qualifying employee hired, with no limit on the number of qualifying individuals, including prior convicted felons or recently released from prison felons.
It was set to expire in 2021 but President Biden signed legislation ( The Consolidated Appropriations act) that extends this powerful tax credit program until 2025.