Work Opportunity Tax Credit

25 05 2016

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is available for wages paid by employers who hire individuals from certain targeted groups of hard-to-employ individuals. The targeted groups are:

  1. Qualified members of the families receiving assistance under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program,
  2. Qualified veterans,
  3. Qualified ex-felons,
  4. Designated community residents,
  5. Vocational rehabilitation referrals,
  6. Qualified summer youth employees,
  7. Qualified members of families in the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP),
  8. Qualified Supplemental Security Income recipients,
  9. Long-term family assistance recipients, and
  10. Beginning January 1, 2016, long-term unemployed individuals.

An employer must obtain certification that an individual is a member of a targeted group before the employer may claim the credit. An eligible employer must file IRS Form 8850 along with ETA Form 9061 with their respective state workforce agency within 28 days after the eligible worker begins work.

For each group listed above, there are specific criteria that must be met in order to be certified as a member of that targeted group. The second page of the instructions to Form 8850 include these criteria. https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/i8850.pdf

Recently enacted legislation extends the time for employers to submit these forms for various targeted groups who began working during various time periods as follows:

  1. An employer who hired or hires a member of a targeted group other than qualified long-term unemployment recipients (groups 1 through 9 above) and who began or begins work between January 1, 2015 and May 31, 2016 has until June 29, 2016 to file Form 8850 with their state workforce agency.
  2. An employer who hired or hires an individual who is a long-term unemployment recipient (group 10 above) who began or begins work between January 1, 2016 and May 31, 2016 has until June 29, 2016 to file Form 8850 with their state workforce agency.
  3. An employer who hires a member of any of the targeted groups who begins work after June 1, 2016 is not eligible for the transition relief and must file Form 8850 with their state workforce agency within 28 days after the eligible worker begins work.

 

If you have any questions concerning the WOTC, or if you feel that you may have an employee who qualifies for the credit especially during the transition relief period, we encourage you to give us a call.


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