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Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) Program
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  ** NEWS **

The legislative authority for the WOTC program has been extended. 
H.R. 2029 Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act includes:
1. Reauthorization of the nine WOTC target groups from January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2019.
    o Empowerment Zones from January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2016.
2. Adds a new target group – Long Term Unemployed from January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2019. (More information coming soon)

New print features under Case Search. (Friday, December 11, 2015)
  As of November 23, 2015 employers will no longer receive hard copy notices via US mail.  Copies of notices may be printed using Case Search or through the calendar on the home page.  

  Please continue to submit applications within 28 days of the start to work date.    

  For more US Department of Labor updates, visit their What's new in WOTC page.  
 
   

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a federal tax incentive program for businesses hiring individuals who face significant barriers to employment. The employer or agent must apply for, and receive, certification from us to claim these tax credits.

A cost-effective and streamlined way to request your tax credits is through the use of Ohio's online application.
Your benefits to requesting certifications online include:

  • Reduced postage fees
  • Immediate postmark date
  • Expedited processing
  • Next day status
  • Immediate issue resolution 

Agents acting on behalf of employers must send us a valid Power of Attorney.

Note: applications must be submitted to the Ohio WOTC Office within 28 days of the start to work date to meet the timely filing criteria. Don’t miss this tax credit by missing the deadline!  

Go to How to Participate  for steps on accessing our online application and requesting certification.

For More Information:
Office of Workforce Development
P.O. Box 1618
Columbus, OH 43216-1618

Direct phone: (614) 644-0966
Email: wotc_contact@jfs.ohio.gov  
                                                                                                                                     Last Updated: 01/28/2016