There are a number of target groups for employers to hire eligible employees from. Understanding the target groups for the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is the first step in broadening your labor pool.
There are a number of target groups for employers to hire eligible employees from. Below are the WOTC targeted groups:
- A member of a family receiving assistance under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (food stamps) for at least 3 months during the first 15 months of employment.
- Unemployed for a period totaling at least 4 weeks (whether or not consecutive) but less than 6 months in the 1-year period ending on the hiring date.
- Unemployed for a period totaling at least 6 months (whether or not consecutive) in the 1-year period ending on the hiring date.
- A disabled veteran entitled to compensation for a service-connected disability hired not more than one year after being discharged or released from active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces.
- A disabled veteran entitled to compensation for a service-connected disability who is unemployed for a period totaling at least six months (whether or not consecutive) in the one-year period ending on the hiring date.
• Being convicted of a felony or
• Being released from prison from the felony
An individual who is a member of a family receiving assistance under a state plan approved under part A of title IV of the Social Security Act relating to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). The assistance must be received for any 9-month period during the 18-month period ending on the hiring date.
Designated Community Residents (DCR)
- Is at least 18 years old and under 40,
- Resides within one of the following:
- An Empowerment zone
- An Enterprise community
- A Renewal community
- And continues to reside at the locations after employment.
Vocational Rehabilitation Referrals
A “vocational rehabilitation referral” is a person who has a physical or mental disability and has been referred to the employer while receiving or upon completion of rehabilitative services pursuant to:
- A state plan approved under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 or
- An Employment Network Plan under the Ticket to Work program, or
- A program carried out under the Department of Veteran Affairs.
Summer Youth Employees
A “qualified summer youth employee” is one who:
- Is at least 16 years old, but under 18 on the date of hire or on May 1, whichever is later, and
- Is only employed between May 1 and September 15 (was not employed prior to May 1) and
- Resides in an Empowerment Zone (EZ), enterprise community, or renewal community.
- At least 18 years old and under 40, and
- A member of a family that received SNAP benefits for:
- the previous 6 months or
- at least 3 of the previous 5 months.
An individual is a “qualified SSI recipient” if a month for which this person received SSI benefits is within 60 days of the date this person is hired.
Long-Term Unemployment Recipients
A qualified long-term unemployment recipient is one who has been unemployed for not less than 27 consecutive weeks at the time of hiring and received unemployment compensation during some or all of the unemployment period.
Long-Term Family Assistance Recipients
- Received assistance under an IV-A program for a minimum of the prior 18 consecutive months; or
- Received assistance for 18 months beginning after 8/5/1997 and it has not been more than 2 years since the end of the earliest of such 18-month period; or
- Ceased to be eligible for such assistance because a Federal or State law limited the maximum time those payments could be made, and it has been not more than 2 years since the cessation.
Want to learn more about target groups? We recently wrote an article that explains these more in-depth! Read the WOTC Target Groups Guide.