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Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC)

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) can help employers close the skills gap by encouraging them to hire applicants who often are overlooked, such as people with criminal histories, military veterans and the long-term unemployed.

The program was designed to encourage employers to hire workers from certain target groups that have historically faced barriers to employment, explained Jeanne Madden, division vice president and general manager at ADP Tax Credit Services in Florence, S.C.

In addition to people with criminal histories, military veterans and the long-term unemployed, target groups include qualified Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or food-stamp recipients, supplemental security income recipients, workers with disabilities who are referred by vocational rehabilitation programs, and certain residents and summer youth employees from economically struggling communities.

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The Work Opportunity Tax Credit Can Help Close the Skills Gap
SHRM | Oct 2019

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

State WOTC Coordinators

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

4 Ways to Hire More People with Disabilities
SHRM | Feb 2019

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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