The Small Business and Work Opportunity Tax Act of 20071, in addition to other changes in the Work Opportunity Tax Credit,2 the 2007 tax act extended the credit to newly-hired employees residing in a “rural renewal county.”3 The credit amount is up to a maximum of 40 percent of the first $6,000 of “qualified first-year wages” paid to an eligible employee who is a “designated community resident” and who works for at least 400 hours during the first year of employment.4 Thus, the credit could be as much as $2400 for each eligible employee.5



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