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Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC)

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The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) can help both employers that are experiencing labor shortages and certain groups of people who need assistance finding jobs, such as the long-term unemployed, ex-offenders and military veterans.

The WOTC is a federal tax credit available to employers that hire and retain individuals from target groups that have been determined to have "significant barriers to employment." Employers can earn a tax credit for each qualifying worker up to $9,600 (for certain military veteran employees). About $1 billion in tax credits are claimed each year under the WOTC program, according to the Department of Labor (DOL).

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WOTC 101: Get Tax Credit for Individuals from Targeted Groups
SHRM| Jun 2017

Work Opportunity Tax Credit
IRS WOTC Home Page

Additional Articles

Tax credit can help employers hiring new workers; key certification requirement applies
IRS | May 2018

Everything you need to know about the Work Opportunity Tax Credit
HKP | May 2018

Additional Government Resources

Work Opportunity Tax Credit Fact Sheet
DOL

State WOTC Coordinators
DOL

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit
Congressional Research Service | Sep 2018

About Some of the Targeted Groups

Military Veterans

Employing Military Veterans
SHRM Toolkit

Integrating & Engaging Veterans in the Workforce
SHRM Foundation

People with Disabilities

What are some common myths about hiring people with disabilities that impede disability recruiting initiatives?
SHRM HRQA

How to Make Your Careers Website Usable for People with Disabilities
SHRM Article

People with Criminal Histories

Getting Talent Back to Work
SHRM Toolkit

The Nuts and Bolts of Hiring People with Criminal Histories
SHRM | Aug 2017

Long-Term Unemployed

The Hiring Bias That Nobody Talks About
Forbes | Jan 2019

America’s job-search paradox: The people who really need jobs get the worst offers
Market Watch | May 2018


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