My company helps employers to participate in the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (or WOTC) program. To understand our Rescue campaign, you'll have to first know what we do for a living.
WOTC is designed to lift up people who are struggling to find employment. It does it by giving business owners an extra incentive to hire them.
For example, if you run a business and you hire a military veteran who has been out of work for 6 months, WOTC gives you a $5,600 tax credit. You can use that credit to pay your federal income tax bill. Larger employers can generate $100s of thousands in tax credit every year.
Not every employee qualifies. For most companies, however, anywhere from 10% to 20% of the people they already hire would qualify if they were only taking care of the paperwork.
Spreading the benefit out over a company's entire workforce, most of my clients earn an average of $100 to $300 in tax credit per each new hire annually.
With such a great benefit from the WOTC program, we said, "Why not give part of it back to save children from slavery?" We've committed to donate $1 per hire and challenge our WOTC clients (and all employers) to do the same. We'll match our new clients' $1 with our own.
If the dollar-per-hire pledge isn't right for you, we'll also appreciate you for making a tax-deductible contribution of any amount.
As we help to finance Operation Underground Railroad's rescue jumps, we'll become abolitionists ourselves. The dangerous missions and the children set free will become frequent topics of conversation for us. As we talk and share these experiences, we'll spread knowledge and help to create more modern abolitionists.
This is something we need to do.