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Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC)

by Carol Pitts last modified Jan 29, 2021 02:41 PM
Employer Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) supports hiring individuals from certain target groups facing barriers to employment.

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a federal tax credit available to employers for hiring individuals from certain target groups who have consistently faced significant barriers to employment. This allows the individual to move from economic dependency into self-sufficiency as they earn a steady income and become contributing taxpayers.

The WOTC target groups include: 

  • Qualified veteran recipients
    • Veteran receiving SNAP
    • Disabled Veteran
    • Unemployed Disabled Veteran (6 months unemployed)
    • Unemployed Veteran (4 weeks unemployed)
    • Unemployed Veteran (6 months unemployed)
  • Individuals with criminal records
  • Designated community resident or Rural Renewal County (RRC) recipients
  • Vocational rehabilitation referral
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients
  • Ticket-to-Work recipients
  • Qualified long-term unemployment recipients

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