Work Opportunity Tax Credit


The Work Opportunity Tax Credit is a federal income tax credit for employers who hire employees from eligible groups including youth, ex-offenders, and public assistance recipients.

Tax Credits

An employer can qualify for a tax credit of up to $9,600 if the employee is a member of a designated target group and meets that group's specific requirements.


For-profit employers are entitled to a credit against their federal income tax liabilities for hiring members of the following eligible groups: public assistance recipients, qualified veterans, high risk youth, summer youth, ex-offenders, vocational rehabilitation participants, and supplemental security income recipients.

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