Patriot Employers would receive a tax credit equal to 10% of the first $15,000 in qualified wages for U.S. workers, if the employer meets the following criteria:
* Invest in American Jobs
* Pay Fair Wages
* Provide Quality Health Insurance.
* Prepare Workers for Retirement
* Support Our Troops and Veterans
* Create a Diverse Workforce
Small businesses should have a fair shot at qualifying for Patriot Employer status too. My bill makes it easier for small employers to take advantage of this tax credit by allowing companies with fewer than 50 employees to qualify if they are headquartered in the U.S., are not inverted corporations, provide health care, and pay fair wages OR help fund their worker's retirement.
So instead of just closing loopholes and forcing all companies to pay taxes, Durbin wants to level the playing field by giving everyone else a tax break too! Why not just eliminate taxes for everybody? USA! USA!
In my book, Patriotic Employers are those who pay their fair share of taxes. I don't find it necessary to incentivize companies further by giving away taxpayers' dollars for supporting our troops. The government should support the troops, set a standard for fair wages, and provide health insurance. Let's stop getting it backwards.