Legal Alert: President Signs Law Providing Tax Break for Employers Who Hire Unemployed Workers

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On March 18, 2009, President Obama signed the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act, (Public Law No. 111-147), which, among other things, provides a tax break for employers who hire employees who have been unemployed for the preceding 60 days. The law provides that private employers who hire previously unemployed workers between February 3, 2010 and December 31, 2010 may qualify for a 6.2% payroll tax incentive. Essentially, this incentive exempts employers from paying Social Security taxes on wages paid to these employees after March 18, 2010.

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