As a business owner, it’s important to be aware of all the tax incentives that are available to you. One such incentive is the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC), a federal tax credit for employers that hire individuals from specific groups that have historically faced barriers to employment.
Eligible Employee Groups
Eligible employee groups for WOTC include veterans, individuals receiving public assistance, ex-felons, and several other groups. Hiring from these groups not only promotes diversity and inclusion in the workplace, but it also allows businesses to take advantage of the WOTC tax credit.
Tax Credit Amounts
The tax credit amounts available vary based on the length of time the employee works for the company and the employee’s wages. According to the official IRS website for the WOTC program, businesses can claim up to $9,600 per eligible employee, depending on the employee’s specific target group and the number of hours worked. This can add up to significant savings for businesses, especially those in industries with high turnover or recruitment costs.
Applying for WOTC
One of the benefits of the WOTC program is that it is not limited to certain industries or regions. As stated by the Department of Labor, any for-profit business, tax-exempt organization, or government entity that employs individuals in the United States may be eligible to claim the credit. This means that businesses of all sizes and in all industries can take advantage of the program.
State Specific Credits
In addition to the federal WOTC, many states also offer their own WOTC program, which can provide additional tax savings for businesses.
Tax Credit Group
The Work Opportunity Tax Credit is a valuable incentive for businesses that hire individuals from specific groups that have historically faced barriers to employment. By taking advantage of this tax credit, businesses can not only promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace, but also reduce their tax bill and generate a return on investment. If you want to take advantage of this opportunity and other credits your business may qualify for, don’t hesitate. Contact Tax Credit Group so we can help you navigate the process and maximize your savings.