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  • Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC)

    Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC)

    The WOTC is a tax incentive for employers to hire certain hard-to-place job seekers. The goal is to help these individuals become economically self-sufficient and to reward employers who give them a chance.

    Employers can reduce their federal business taxes by anywhere from $2,400 to $9,600 per eligible employee. The amount employers get is based on:

    The employee's target group

    Wages earned and hours worked by the employee

    Employers cannot claim …


  • WOTC application instructions

    How to apply for the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC)

    To apply online, you need a SecureAccess Washington (SAW) account and a WOTC account. See instructions below.

    In Washington state, the Employment Security Department is responsible for processing WOTC applications. We determine the eligibility of every hired individual and complete all certifications within federal guidelines.

    Application deadlinesApplications must be submitted through our online filing system within 28 days of the …


  • WOTC application deadlines

    Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) application deadlines

    In Washington state, employers must receive certification from the Employment Security Department in order to deduct the credit on their annual tax returns.

    To be considered eligible for the Work Opportunity Tax Credit, employers and authorized representatives must submit applications within 28 days of the day the job applicant starts work.

    If the 28-day deadline is approaching and you:

    Don’t have the required documentation, you …


  • WOTC eligibility

    Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) eligibility

    Private-sector employers and tax-exempt organizations (e.g., 501(c) or 501(a) non-profits) may participate.  Tax-exempt organizations may apply for credit only against the employer part of the Social Security tax liability on qualified veterans.

    Note: Employers cannot claim Work Opportunity Tax Credit for their relatives, former employees or undocumented aliens.

    For partial tax creditEligible workers must work at least 120 to 399 hour during …


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