The Work Opportunity Tax Credit ("WOTC") is a federal income tax credit incentive provided to private sector employers who employ certain target groups of job seekers who face employment barriers.
Your business does not need to be located in a Federal Empowerment Zone to qualify for this credit. The WOTC tax credit is based on hiring new hires and there is no limit to the number of new hires who can qualify an employer for the tax credit.
The WOTC can range between $2,400 - $9,600 for each newly hired qualified employee, which can result into significant income tax savings.
• Family member of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
food stamp recipient
• Family member of Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) recipient
• Family member of Long-term family assistance recipient
• Resident of Federal Empowerment Zone or Rural Renewal Community
• Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipient
• Vocational Rehabilitation referral
• Unemployed/Disabled Veteran
• Long-term Unemployment recipient
Based on the 2017 national summary from the Department of Labor ETA, the qualifying ratio was approximately 30%.
For example, if the company hires 100 employees per year, approximately 30 of the new employees may qualify.
The potential benefit will be approximately $72,000 of tax credit each year.
Following is a case study of an actual company in the security industry.
Following is a case study of an actual company in the service industry.