Veterans’ day is right around the corner! According to Monster.com 90% of veterans say finding a veteran-friendly company is critical in their job search. And when you are using the Work Opportunity Tax Credit, you may also be eligible for a tax credit of up to $9,600.
Earlier this year Representative Antonio Delgado (NY-19), along with Jimmy Panetta (CA-20), Don Beyer (VA-08), Mike Kelly (PA-16), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05), and Don Bacon (NE-02), have reintroduced the Military Spouse Hiring Act, a bipartisan legislation that incentivizes employers to hire spouses of members of the United States Armed Forces. The bill would expand the Work Opportunity Tax Credit to include the hiring of qualified military spouses, allowing employers to claim a tax credit equal to a portion of the wages paid to those spouses.
New hires who fall under one or more of WOTC’s Target Groups may make you eligible for a WOTC Tax Credit. Target Group #2 is the Qualified Long-Term Unemployment Recipient. 106,697 individuals were hired with certification from this group in 2020, 6.58% of the total, making it the second most certified category behind SNAP.
A “qualified veteran” is a veteran who is any of the following:
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.
In 2020 the state of Massachusetts issued 21,144 Work Opportunity Tax Credit certifications. Massachusetts issued 1.30% of all WOTC Tax Credits in 2020, and the most overall. SNAP was Massachusetts’ highest tax credit category with 60.72% of certifications for that category.
CMS has been providing Work Opportunity Tax Credit screening services for over 20 years. We have helped save employers millions of dollars that can be reinvested back into their businesses. We highly encourage customers to take advantage of the online WOTC screening form that we developed or the call center, both of which provide several benefits to you.