A valuable tax credit for employers, the WOTC is designed to encourage the hiring of individuals from certain groups who have consistently faced significant barriers to employment. This program doesn't just benefit businesses financially; it also promotes a more diverse and inclusive workforce. The credit is not a loan, so there's nothing to pay back, and it directly reduces the tax bill of the business.
Employers who hire individuals from targeted groups, such as veterans, recipients of certain types of public assistance, ex-felons, and others facing employment challenges. The idea is to incentivize the hiring of people who might otherwise be overlooked, creating a win-win situation for the employer and the new employee.
A small business that decides to hire a few veterans and some individuals from other targeted groups. For each eligible employee, the business could receive a tax credit of up to $9,600, depending on the category. This means hiring just 10 eligible employees could potentially save the business up to $96,000 in taxes.
It's not just good for business; it's good for the community too!