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(35 ILCS 5/217.1)
Credit for wages paid to qualified unemployed veterans.
(a) For each taxable year ending on or after December 31, 2012 and on or before December 31, 2016, each taxpayer is entitled to a credit against the tax imposed by subsections (a) and (b) of Section 201 of this Act in the amount equal to 20%, but in no event to exceed $5,000, of the gross wages paid by the taxpayer to a qualified veteran in the course of that veteran's sustained employment during each taxable year ending on or after the date of hire by the taxpayer if that veteran was unemployed for an aggregate period of 4 weeks or more during the 6-week period ending on the Saturday immediately preceding the date he or she was hired by the taxpayer. For partners, shareholders of Subchapter S corporations, and owners of limited liability companies, if the liability company is treated as a partnership for the purposes of federal and State income taxation, there shall be allowed a credit under this Section to be determined in accordance with the determination of income and distributive share of income under Sections 702 and 704 and Subchapter S of the Internal Revenue Code.
(b) For the purposes of this Section:
"Qualified veteran" means an Illinois resident who: (i) was a member of the Armed Forces of the United States, a member of the Illinois National Guard, or a member of any reserve component of the Armed Forces of the United States; (ii) served on active duty on or after September 11, 2001; (iii) has provided, to the taxpayer, documentation showing that he or she was honorably discharged; and (iv) was initially hired by the taxpayer on or after June 1, 2012.
"Sustained employment" means (i) a period of employment that is not less than 185 days following the date of hire or (ii) in the case of a veteran who was unemployed for an aggregate period of 6 months or more during the one-year period ending on the date the veteran was hired by the taxpayer, a period of employment that is more than 30 days following the date of hire. The period of sustained employment may be completed after the end of the taxable year in which the veteran is hired.
A veteran is "unemployed" for a week if he or she (i) has received unemployment benefits (as defined in Section 202 of the Unemployment Insurance Act, including but not limited to federally funded unemployment benefits) for the week, or (ii) has not been employed since being honorably discharged.
(c) In no event shall a credit under this Section reduce a taxpayer's liability to less than zero. If the amount of credit exceeds the tax liability for the year, the excess may be carried forward and applied to the tax liability for the 5 taxable years following the excess credit year. The tax credit shall be applied to the earliest year for which there is a tax liability. If there are credits for more than one year that are available to offset liability, the earlier credit shall be applied first.
(d) A taxpayer who claims a credit under this Section for a taxable year with respect to a veteran shall not be allowed a credit under Section 217 of this Act with respect to the same veteran for that taxable year.
(Source: P.A. 97-767, eff. 7-9-12.)