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Employers: Want to thank a veteran? Hire one.

Claim a tax credit for hiring a veteran who has a service-connected disability, is unemployed, or is a member of a family receiving SNAP (food stamp) benefits.

  • Reduce your federal income tax liability by as much as $9,600 per veteran hired.
  • There is no limit on the number of individuals an employer can hire to qualify to claim the tax credit.
  • Certain tax-exempt organizations can take advantage of WOTC by receiving a credit against the employer’s share of Social Security taxes.
VETERAN TARGET GROUP MAX. TAX CREDIT
Receives SNAP (food stamps) benefits $2,400
Entitled to compensation for service-connected disability:  
   Hired within 1 year of discharge or release from active duty $4,800
   Unemployed at least 6 months in the year ending on the hiring date $9,600
Unemployed:  
   At least 4 weeks $2,400
   At least 6 months $5,600
November is Hire a Veteran month.

WHAT IS THE WORK OPPORTUNITY TAX CREDIT?

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a federal tax credit available to employers who hire individuals from eligible target groups.
 

HOW TO APPLY

Go to How to Participate  for steps on accessing our online application and requesting certification. The employer or agent must apply for, and receive, certification to claim these tax credits. 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!  

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: 10/28/2016