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Work Opportunity Tax Credit


The goal of the Work Opportunity Tax Credit is to reward employers who contribute to the well being of Nevada’s workforce by hiring individuals who may have a difficult time finding employment. Through the program, employers who hire people from certain target groups can earn tax credits. It’s a simple process, with minimal paperwork on the employer’s part. Additionally, employers continue to decide whom to hire, and employers can receive the tax savings on an unlimited number of employees hired under the program.

Target Groups to Qualify for the Work Opportunity Tax Credits 

  • Short-term Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Recipients – member of a family that received TANF benefits at least 9 months within the 18 month period ending on the hire date
  • Long-term Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Recipients – member of a family that received TANF benefits for at least 18 months
  • Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP)  (formerly the Food Stamps Program) – member of a family that received SNAP for at least 6 months or 3 out of the last 5 months ending on the hire date
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Referrals – a disabled person who has an IWP in place prior to hire date or has completed (within 2 years prior to hire date) rehabilitative services approved by a state or the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
  • Ex-felons – has a felony conviction or release date within the 12 month period ending on the hire date
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Recipient – received an SSI payment within the 60 day period ending on the hire date
  • Rural Renewal County (RRC) Resident – an individual who is 18-39 as of the hire date and resides in Esmeralda, Lander or Mineral counties
  • Ticket to Work – Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) recipient who is a “Ticket Holder” and has an IWP in place ending on the hire date
  • Veterans who have served on active duty (not including training) in the U.S. Armed Forces for more than 180 days or have been discharged or released from active duty for a service-connected disability; AND not had a period of active duty (not including training) of more than 90 days that ended during the 60-day period ending on the hiring date (must be released for at least 60 days prior to hire date).  To be eligible one of the following must apply:
    • A member of a family that received SNAP benefits (food stamps) for at least a 3-month period during the 15-month period ending on the hiring date.
    • Entitled to compensation for a service-connected disability:
      • Hired within 1 year of discharge or release from active duty
      • Unemployed at least 6 months in the year ending on the hiring date
    • Unemployed:
      • At least 4 weeks
      • At least 6 months

              Vow to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 (P.L. 112-56)

     This Act amends and expands the definition of WOTC's Veteran target groups. The attached Fact Sheet outlines the changes and provisions that apply to Veterans who begin work for an employer on or after November 22, 2011 and before January 1, 2013.  (See WOTC Employer Notice above for more information on the Vow Act).

Vow Act Fact Sheet

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 Takes Three Simple Steps.

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 one-page U.S. Department of Labor, Individual Characteristic Form -  ETA-9061.  

3.    Sign and date both 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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