President Obama signed the Three Percent Withholding Repeal and Job Creation Act on November 21. The new law repeals three percent withholding on government contractors and expands tax incentives to encourage employers to hire military veterans. The new law also expands the IRS’s continuous levy authority, extends authority for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to obtain information from the IRS and directs the Treasury Department to prepare a report on how to reduce the tax gap owed by federal contractors. HR 674 passed overwhelmingly in the Senate on November 10 by a vote of 95 to 0 and in the House on November 16 by a vote of 422 to 0.
The $12.8 billion cost of repeal of government withholding and the veterans’ tax incentives is off set by modifying the calculation of modified adjusted gross income (AGI) for determining certain federal health care program eligibility, as well as delaying scheduled reductions in fees for VA mortgage applications.