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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WOTC is pronounced Watt-See. It is an acronym that stands for Work Opportunity Tax Credit.

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit or WOTC is a federal income tax credit earned by US employers. The amount of tax credit earned is based on the amount of wages the employer pays to one or more qualifying employees.

Eligibility is based on an employee’s circumstances at the time of hire and prior to hire. There are currently 10 categories or Target Groups of eligible employees. If you count the subcategories of Target Group B (qualifying veterans), you could say that there are actually 14 categories.

Here is the basic list:

Letter Designator Target Group
A Member of a Family Receiving TANF (Short Term)
Qualifying Veterans
Ba A veteran who is a member of a family receiving SNAP (food stamps)
Bb A disabled veteran (service related) eligible for disability compensation, who was discharged or released from active duty within the past year
Bc A disabled veteran (service related) eligible for disability compensation, who was unemployed at least 6 months during the past year
Bd A veteran who was unemployed for at least 4 weeks but less than 6 months during the past year
Be A veteran who was unemployed for at least 6 months during the past year
C Qualified Ex-Felon – An individual convicted of a felony within the past year or who was released within the past year after a period incarceration stemming from a felony conviction
E Qualified Vocational Rehabilitation Referral – Someone who has a physical or mental disability who has received (or is receiving) rehabilitative services provided by:
  • A state-certified agency, OR
  • An Employment Network under the Ticket to Work program, OR
  • The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
F Qualified Summer Youth Employee – Someone age 16 or 17 at the time of hire, who lives in a federal Empowerment Zone or a Rural Renewal County AND works for the employer between May 1 and September 15 (meaning also that they did not work for the employer prior to May 1).
G SNAP (Food Stamps) Recipient – Someone between the ages of 18 and 39, who is a member of a family that received SNAP benefits (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) during the 6 months prior to hire OR during at least for 3 of the last 5 months but is no longer eligible for SNAP.
H Supplemental Security Income Recipient – Someone who received Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for any month that ended during the 60-day period before hire.
I Member of a Family Receiving TANF (Long Term)

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