Abbarno bill would expand tax credit to employers who hire veterans and military spouses

Rep. Peter Abbarno says he's found a way to relieve labor shortages that are contributing to supply chain issues in Washington state. The 20th District lawmaker has prefiled legislation to expand tax relief incentives to employers who hire a veteran, spouse of a veteran, or spouse of an active-duty military member and employ them in a full-time position for at least two consecutive full-calendar quarters.

“Military members, veterans and their families have given so much to our community and have sacrificed for our freedoms. This bill is a way to create work opportunities, provide financial stability and give back to them,” said Abbarno, R-Centralia. “At the same time, it will help out businesses that are having trouble keeping up with demand for supplies and services. It's really the perfect match — providing jobs for veterans and military spouses and reducing the workforce shortage is a win-win for our communities.”

House Bill 1677 would increase an existing $1,500 business and occupation tax credit up to $3,000 for veterans hired full-time on or after July 1, 2022. It would also expand that tax credit to veteran spouses, or spouses of active-duty military members. Plus, veterans would no longer have to meet the requirement of being unemployed for at least 30 days to be eligible. In addition, it would apply to seasonal employers.

“This measure would have substantial benefits for our local communities in southwest Washington. Just in Lewis County, about 10 percent of the population are active military or veterans,” added Abbarno. “I think this is a great way to connect military members, veterans and their families with private businesses. Whenever there's an opportunity to provide legislation that supports a win-win in the community, I think we must act on it.”

The measure will be referred to a House committee once the 2022 legislative session begins Jan. 10.

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