Work Opportunity Tax Credit Program (WOTC)

The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) coordinates the federal Work Opportunity Tax Credit Program. THE WOTC program is a federal tax credit incentive that the U.S. Congress provides to private-sector businesses for hiring individuals from nine target groups who have consistently faced significant barriers to employment. Among others, target groups include unemployed veterans, certain TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) and food stamp recipients, and certain TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) and food samp recipients, and certain rsidents of an Empowerment Zone (EZ) or Rural Renewal County (RRC). Participating companies are compensated by being able to reduce their federal income tax liability with a tax credit between $1,200 to $9,000 per qualified employee, depending on the target group. The most frequently certified WOTC is $2,400 for each adult new hire. An employer must request and receive certification from the Georgia Department of Labor that the new hire is a member of at least one of the nine WOTC target groups before the employer can claim te WOTC on its federal income tax return. Although veterans are the only target group currently approved to receive these credits, Congress may extend the credits to the other eight target groups, so employers are encouraged to submit the required paperwork for all new hires in any of the nine target calendar days after the new hire begins work.