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Work Opportunity Tax Credit


What is WOTC?

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.

WOTC joins other workforce programs that incentivize workplace diversity and facilitate access to good jobs for American workers.

Current Update on the WOTC Program

The legislative authority for the WOTC program expired on December 31, 2013. At this time, we have no indication whether Congress may pass legislation extending authority for the program beyond December 31, 2013. However, in the past when the program's authority lapsed, Congress has retroactively reauthorized the program back to the date of expiration. In anticipation of possible retroactive reauthorization, employers should continue to submit WOTC applications for all target groups to State Workforce Agencies. For further information, please review Training and Employment Guidance Letter No. 8-13 or contact the WOTC coordinator in your state.

What does WOTC do?

WOTC helps targeted workers move from economic dependency into self-sufficiency as they earn a steady income and become contributing taxpayers, while participating employers are able to reduce their income tax liability.

How large is the tax credit?

The maximum tax credit ranges from $1,200 to $9,600, depending on the employee hired.

Looking for more information?
Employers State Workforce Agency WOTC Coordinators Workforce & Community Partners