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New York State Offers Tax Credit for Hiring Addiction Recovery Employees 

NYS Tax Credit for Hiring Addiction Recovery Employees
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by John-Mark de Palma

2 Min Read: New York State is launching the nation’s first tax credit to employers who hire people recovering from alcohol or drug addiction. Dubbed The Recovery Tax Credit, businesses may claim up to $2,000 for each full- or part-time employee who is eligible under the new rules. To qualify, employees must be enrolled in a rehab program registered with the New York Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services and worked a minimum of 500 hours. According to State officials, the April budget allocated $2 million dollars a year for the tax credit. Applications for the first year of the program, tax year 2020, are due Jan. 15, 2021. 

"As the opioid epidemic continues to impact families and communities across the state, we remain committed to ensuring individuals who are in recovery have the support they need to lead healthy lives," Governor Cuomo said in a press release. "This tax incentive will help remove the stigma surrounding addiction and ensure those battling this disease can create a stable and sustainable path to recovery." 
According to the NY State Health Department, there are approximately 110,000 individuals enrolled in state treatment programs, with 65,202 state residents enrolled in programs for opioid and heroin abuse in 2017 alone.  

Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez said, "Steady employment can be vital to successful recovery. With this program, people in recovery will have another avenue to rebuild their lives, while employers have the chance to contribute to the recovery and well-being of their employees and community." 
New Yorkers struggling with an addiction, or whose loved ones are struggling, can find help and hope by calling the state's toll-free, 24-hour, 7-day-a-week HOPEline at 1-877-8-HOPENY (1-877-846-7369), by texting HOPENY (Short Code 467369), or visiting Catholic Charities of New York


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