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Benefit Your Business: Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC)
WOTC Group Specifics for Start Work Dates on or after January 1, 2012 and before December 31, 2013 (retroactive re-authorization of target groups)

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WOTC Group Specifics for Start Work Dates on or after January 1, 2012 and before December 31, 2013
(retroactive  re-authorization of target groups)

Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) recipient An individual who received or is a member of a family that has received, TANF assistance for any nine months during the 18-month period ending on the hiring date.

Ex-felon An individual convicted of a felony and hired within one year after conviction or release from prison. No economic eligibility determination based on family income.

Food Stamp Recipient - An individual aged 18 through 39, who is a member of a family that has received Food Stamps for a specific time period within the last six months.

Designated Community Residents - An individual who is 18 through 39 years old on the hiring date and lives in a Federal Renewal Community, Empowerment Zone, or Enterprise Community (RC/EZ/EC) located in areas of New Haven. Renewal Community, Empowerment Zone, or Enterprise Community (RC/EZ/EC) addresses may be verified by accessing the Internet website of "HUD Locator Services" at http://egis.hud.gov/egis/cpd/rcezec/ezec_open.htm. You may also verify an RC/EZ/EC address by calling Community Connections, toll free, at (800) 998-9999.
- All Round I Enterprise Communities (ECs) expired on December 31, 2004.  Round II ECs are still in existence, but no tax benefits are available for them.

Summer Youth employeeAn individual who is 16 or 17 years old on the hiring date, who starts work for the employer during the period of May 1 through September 15, and who lives in a Federal Enterprise Community, Empowerment Zone, or Renewal Community (RC/EZ/EC) located in areas of New Haven.
- All Round I Enterprise Communities (ECs) expired on December 31, 2004.  Round II ECs are still in existence, but no tax benefits are available for them.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipient or Ticket-to-Work holder - An individual who has received Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for any month ending within the 60-day period ending on the hiring date, or a Ticket-to-Work holder* with an individual work plan through an Employment Network.

Veteran - Any veteran certified as:

  • a member of a family receiving Food Stamps for at least a three-month period during the 12-month period ending on the hiring date.

                 Or
     
  • Entitled to compensation for a service-connected disability, and:
     
    1. having a hiring date which is not more than one year after having been discharged or released from active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States,

          Or 
       
    2. having been unemployed for six months or more (whether or not consecutive) during the one-year period ending on the date of hiring.
         
           Or

Unemployed Veterans who are unemployed for at least 4 weeks with a qualified wages cap of $6,000 and a maximum tax credit of $2,400

                         Or

Veterans unemployed for at least 6 months (verified with qualified wages cap of $14,000 and a maximum tax credit of $5,600.

**Note: the 5 year period ending on the hiring day requirement that was part of the Recovery Act unemployed veteran group was rescinded.**

Vocational Rehabilitation Referral or Ticket-to-Work holder - An individual with a physical and/or mental disability which may present a substantial barrier to employment, and who has received services under a State rehabilitation plan through the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services or the Board of Education and Services for the Blind, an Employment Network as a Ticket-to-Work holder* with an individual work plan, or has received vocational rehabilitation through the US Department of Veterans' Affairs.

Long-Term Family Assistance Recipient (Effective January 1, 2007) Individuals must be Long-Term Family Assistance recipients or a member of a family who has received LTFAR.  Recipients include those:

  • who received Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), for at least 18 consecutive months ending on the date of hire;

  • whose TANF eligibility expired under Federal or State law after August 5, 1997, and are hired within two years after this eligibility expired, or

  • who received TANF for a total of at least 18 months after August 5, 1997, and are hired within two years after the 18-month period is reached.

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