5,000+ Potential Employees at 40% of the Cost—How to Leverage the Work Opportunity Tax Credit

Room 1

12:00 – 12:40pm pm 

Restaurant owners willing to take a chance on people from specific unemployment groups (re-entry population, veterans, teens from Empowerment Zones, etc.) are often pleasantly surprised to learn they can earn up to $9,600 of a qualifying employee’s salary back as a tax credit.  This panel discussion will show you how easy it is to tap this money, as well as several other hidden profit positive accounting treasures.


Jonathan Porter, McGowen Hurst Clark Smith:

Jonathan Porter joined McGowen Hurst Clark Smith (MHCS) in November 2015 and is a Senior Manager in the Client Accounting Services department. Jonathan specializes in working with small businesses to help their accounting and taxation. He utilizes technology to help consult clients on their processes and procedures within their business. He is originally from Oakley, Kansas and received his Bachelor of Science in Business Accounting and Master of Accounting degrees both from the University of Kansas. Currently, Jonathan lives in Clive, IA with his wife, dog, and cat. Outside of work, Jonathan enjoys staying active by participating in sports and working out, which allows him to participate in the awesome food and beverage scene in Des Moines. He is a big fan of the Jayhawks and will even watch most of their football games. When the Jayhawks are not on TV, he will be watching a tv series or movie, reading books, and playing board games. He is a member of the AICPA and ISCPA and volunteers in various charities in the community throughout the year.

Rachel Falahpour, Iowa Workforce Development/IowaWorks:

Rachel started her career with IowaWORKS in 2017 as a Workforce Advisor specializing in Business Services.  As a Business Marketing Specialist for the Des Moines one-stop she continues the outreach efforts of highlighting career services available for all communities as well as the business services and incentives available for Iowa employers.