What is Work Opportunity Tax Credit?

For hiring the disabled -- did you know that Employers can save up to $2,400 per year, per employee in tax credits through the federally funded Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC Program).

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a Federal tax credit available to employers for hiring individuals from certaintarget groups who have consistently faced significant barriers to employment.

WOTC joins other workforce programs that incentivize workplace diversity and facilitate access to good jobs for American workers. How does WOTC Work? The tax credit employers can claim depends upon the target group of the individual hired, the wages paid to that individual in the first year of employment, and the number of hours that individual worked. There is also a maximum tax credit that can be earned. For the long-term Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) target group only, the credit is available to employers who hire members of this group for up to a two-year period.In the first year, the employer may claim a tax credit equal to 40% of the first-year wages, up to the maximum tax credit, if the individual works at least 400 hours.In the second year, the employer may claim a tax credit equal to 50% of the second-year wages, up to the maximum tax credit, if the individual works at least 400 hours. For all other target groups, the credit is available to employers who hire members of these groups, based on the individual's hours worked and wages earned in the first year.If the individual works at least 120 hours, the employer may claim a tax credit equal to 25% of the individual's first year wages, up to the maximum tax credit.If the individual works at least 400 hours, the employer may claim a tax credit equal to 40% of the individual's first year wages, up to the maximum tax credit.

Who can I Hire?

  • Veterans

  • TANF Recipients

  • SNAP (Food Stamp) Recipients

  • Designated Community Residents (living in Empowerment Zones or Rural Renewal Counties)

  • Vocational Rehabilitation Referral

  • Ex-felons

  • Supplemental Security Income Recipients

  • Summer Youth Employee (living in Empowerment Zones)

Click here for more information about the WOTC target groups.

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