Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC)

Promoting economic independence


Ashla Stowe, Public Service Administrator III

(785) 296-7435

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. An employer can receive a federal tax credit that varies between the amounts of $2,400 to $9,600 per applicant. 

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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Additional Resources

Applying for WOTC in 5 Easy Steps
ETA 9061 Form
ETA 9175 Self-Attestation Form
How to create a CertLink account
IRS 8850 Form
IRS 8850 Form Instructions
View Criteria for WOTC-eligible hires
WOTC Policy and Procedures

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