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Work Opportunity Tax Credit

Eligible Target Group 

Employers hiring qualified applicants in the following target groups may apply for Federal tax relief under the WOTC program:

Unemployed Veterans (including disabled veterans)

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Recipients

Food Stamp (SNAP) Recipients

Vocational Rehabilitation Referred Individuals

Ex-Felons

Supplemental Security Income Recipients

Summer Youth Employees (living in Empowerment Zones)

Designated Community Residents (living in Empowerment Zones or Rural Renewal Counties)

Qualified Long-Term Unemployment Recipients

*  Applicable EZs expired in DC in 2011. District Residents living in those zones do not qualify. However, states that have active EZs may qualify.

** New target group enacted January 1, 2016.