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Breaking News:

On January 3, 2013, the President signed into law the American Tax Payer Relief Act of 2012 (the Act), which authorizes an extension of the WOTC program. In summary, the Act:

  • Extends authorization for all veteran target groups (including those implemented under the VOW to Hire Heroes Act) to December 31, 2013.

  • Retroactively reauthorizes all WOTC non-veteran target groups, from December 31, 2011 to December 31, 2013.

  • Retroactively reauthorizes the Empowerment Zones, which determines eligibility for the summer youth target group, from December 31, 2011 to December 31, 2013.

  •  Does NOT reauthorize the Recovery Act disconnected youth and Recovery Act unemployed veteran target groups.

The new forms have arrived: Form 8850, Form 8850 Instructions and Form 9061  These new forms need to be used for any Work Opportunity Tax Credit application filed after October 29, 2012.

For more information, please visit the USDOL Employment and Training Administration Web Site

Effective November 22, 2011 President Obama signed into law The Vow to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 which extends prior WOTC categories: the Veterans receiving SNAP benefits, Veterans with a service connected disability  and Veterans with a service connected disability unemployed for at least 6 months and created a new target group for Unemployed Veterans (similar to the Recovery Act of 2009) unemployed for at least 4 weeks for a tax credit of up to $2,400 or unemployed for at least 6 months for a tax credit up to $5,600.
 

How Do You Apply?

  1. Contact the DOL Work Opportunity Tax Credit Unit at (860) 263-6060 to obtain The Pre-Screening Notice and Certification Request for the Work Opportunity Credit (Form 8850) and the Individual Characteristics Form (ETA 9061) or download the forms from the Forms page.

  2. Your qualified new employee completes page 1 of Form 8850 prior to the start work date.

  3. The employer completes page 2 of Form 8850.

  4. Both you and the employee complete Form ETA 9061 to identify the potential WOTC group and to provide other relevant information. DOL tax credit staff will obtain eligibility documentation for any CT TANF or Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) recipient, although the employer must provide the employee's authorization (Form JS-182) to release SNAP information. The Form JS-182 must also be provided when requesting the target groups, Vocational Rehabilitation Referral and Ticket-To-Work.  The employer obtains eligibility documentation for any other WOTC group member. Refer to page 2 of the Form ETA 9061 for examples of eligibility documentation.

  5. For hire dates on or before December 31, 2006, submit the completed Form 8850 within 21 days of the employee’s start work date, and for hire dates on or after January 1, 2007, submit the completed Form 8850 within 28 days of the employee’s start work:

    Work Opportunity Tax Credit Unit
    CT Department of Labor
    200 Folly Brook Blvd.
    Wethersfield, CT 06109

**When possible, please submit the Form 8850, Form 9061, evidentiary documentation (if required, see pg. 2 of Form 9061) and JS-182 (if needed, for groups listed above) together.**

1-860-263-6060

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200 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT 06109 / Phone: 860-263-6000

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