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Work Opportunity Tax Credit

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a federal tax credit available to employers who hire individuals from certain target groups who have a difficult time finding employment. The process is simple, with minimal paperwork on the employer’s part.

Work Opportunity Tax Credit Target Groups

  • Veterans
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Recipients
  • Food Stamp (SNAP) Recipients
  • Designated Community Residents (Rural Renewal Counties
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Referred Individuals
  • Ex-Felons
  • Supplemental Security Income Recipients

WOTC Target Group Elitibility Requirements

Who Doesn't Qualify

  • No tax credit can be claimed for an employee who has worked for you in the past at any time.

  • No tax credit can be claimed for wages paid to relatives.

  • No tax credit can be claimed for federally subsidized on-the-job training; however, wages paid after the subsidy expires can qualify for the credits.

Applying for Work Opportunity Tax Credit Certification

Employers must apply for and receive certification from the Department of Employment, Training & Rehabilitation (DETR). To apply for certification, employers must: 

1.     Complete the two-page IRS Form 8850, “Pre-Screening Notice and Certification Request for the Work Opportunity Tax Credits,” by the date of the job offer.
(See Instructions for Form 8850)

2.  Complete the U.S. Department of Labor, Individual Characteristic Form - 

3.    Sign and date all forms and mail to the State Workforce Agency (SWA) WOTC Coordinator. The envelope must be POSTMARKED within 28 calendar days after the new hire’s start date.

To obtain the IRS Form 8850, IRS Form 8850 Instructions, or the ETA-9061 simply click on one of the links above.  To obtain an Employer Information Packet with the forms included, contact DETR’s WOTC Coordinator at the address below:

Department of Employment, Training & Rehabilitation
Attn:  WOTC Coordinator 
500 East Third Street
Carson City, NV 89713-0012
Phone          (775) 684-0321
                     (775) 684-0301
Fax              (775) 687-1073


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