Legislature needs to give employers an incentive, like a clean tax credit for employing ex-offenders. Employers with qualified positions would be motivated to employ ex-offenders.
House Bill 806
AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE AN INCOME TAX CREDIT FOR TAXPAYERS THAT EMPLOY PERSONS WHO HAVE BEEN CONVICTED OF CERTAIN FELONY OFFENSES; TO PROVIDE THE AMOUNT OF THE TAX CREDIT; TO LIMIT THE AMOUNT OF THE TAX CREDIT THAT MAY BE CLAIMED IN A TAXABLE YEAR; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. (1) Subject to the provisions of this section, a taxpayer that employs a person who has been convicted of a felony offense for a nonviolent crime shall be allowed an annual credit against the taxes imposed under this chapter. The credit shall be for an annual amount of One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) for five (5) years for each person so employed. However, the tax credit shall not exceed the amount of tax imposed upon the taxpayer for the taxable year reduced by the sum of all other credits allowable to the taxpayer under this chapter, except credit for tax payments made by or on behalf of the taxpayer. In order to be eligible to claim a tax credit for an employee, the taxpayer must employ the employee for at least nine (9) consecutive months during the year for which the credit is claimed and the employee must work an average of at least thirty (30) hours per week for the taxpayer during that time. For the purposes of this subsection, the term “nonviolent crime” means and has the same definition as that term has in Section 47-7-3.
(2) The tax credits provided for in this section shall be in addition to any other credit authorized under law.
(3) Any taxpayer who is eligible for the credit authorized in this section before January 1, 2017, shall be eligible for the credit authorized in this section, notwithstanding the repeal of this section.
(4) This section shall be repealed from and after January 1, 2017.
SECTION 2. Section 1 of this act shall be codified as a separate section in Chapter 7, Title 27, Mississippi Code of 1972.
SECTION 3. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after January 1, 2014.
In a time when schools keep closing down and prisons keep opening up, we are having less children born to fill our schools and more criminals going to prison, where will that leave the employable population in the next 50 years?
The Bible has an old phrase “all sin is equal” which sound ridiculous, however the meaning is simply this each crime comes with the same results “prison” it’s only the amount of time you spend in prison that changes.
You’ll often find that a financial crime comes with longer prison sentences than violent crimes. So, what of an ex cons criminal record? Should it be important to us in the employment sector?
Many years ago when society shared many of the same morals and someone had a criminal record it was fair to say that a criminal was clearly a “different” type of member of our community and there…
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