The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a federal tax credit in the United States designed to incentivize employers to hire employees from certain target groups who have faced significant barriers to employment, such as veterans, individuals on public assistance, and ex-felons.
The credit is available to eligible employers who hire individuals from these ten target groups and who meet certain requirements. The amount of the credit is based on a percentage of the first-year wages paid to the eligible employee, with a maximum credit available per employee.
The average tax credit is around $2,400 and around 10-15% of new hires may be eligible.
CMS’s Brian Kelly answers your questions about the Work Opportunity Tax Credit.
CMS Responds: Is it Worth it for Employers to do the Work Opportunity Tax Credits? Absolutely! We know statistically over the last 20+ years of performing WOTC services that 10-15% of the workforce qualifies for the WOTC program. So, if we have 100 new hires per year, we know 15% of them qualify we say the average tax credit is $2,000. That’s $30,000 in tax credit savings per year. So, absolutely, take advantage of the program. That’s why we’re here!
How iRecruit Can Help!
WOTC Screening can be included in iRecruit, as part of the application process, or in iConnect, as part of your new hire (online) paperwork. iRecruit improved its WOTC integration to make this easier for our customers.
CMS, the publisher of iRecruit, has been providing WOTC screening services for over 25 years and are experts in this field.
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