New legislation aimed at addressing military spouse unemployment would provide businesses a federal tax credit for hiring military spouses as well as make child care more affordable for military families. The bill would extend the applicability of the Work Opportunity Tax Credit, which offers employers a credit of up to $9,600 for hiring certain categories of veterans, to military spouses. The bill — introduced by Sens. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), John Boozman (R-Ark.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) — also would allow service members to take advantage of flexible spending accounts to spend pre-tax dollars on child care costs.
The measure is the second Kaine introduced last month to promote the hiring of military spouses. The earlier bill would require DOD to would explore a variety of options for supporting the career goals of military spouses. That proposal likely will be rolled into the fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill, but Kaine’s new bill must instead move through the Finance Committee, reports Military.com.
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