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Work Opportunity Tax Credit

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit program is dependent on appropriated funding and can be subject to unavailability. Please check here for the status of and additional information for the WOTC program.

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a Federal tax credit available to employers for hiring individuals from certain target groups who have consistently faced significant barriers to employment.

WOTC joins other workforce programs that incentivize workplace diversity and facilitate access to good jobs for American workers.

What does WOTC do?

WOTC helps targeted workers move from economic dependency into self-sufficiency as they earn a steady income and become contributing taxpayers, while participating employers are able to reduce their income tax liability.

How large is the tax credit?

The maximum tax credit ranges from $1,200 to $9,600, depending on the employee hired.

The Federal Bonding Program

In 1966 the U.S. Department of Labor established The Federal Bonding Program to provide Fidelity Bonds that guarantee honesty for “at-risk”, hard-to-place job seekers. The bonds cover the first six months of employment. There is no cost to the job applicant or the employer. In most states the bonds are made available through the state agency responsible for workforce matters.


The Federal Bonding Program is a partnership between the U. S. Department of Labor and The McLaughlin Company, an insurance brokerage firm, as agent for Travelers Casualty and Surety Company of America.

Please take the time to learn more about The Federal Bonding Program here along with its highlights.

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Additional Benefits for Employers

Training that they may have received during incarceration could be very valuable to your operations
They will be loyal and conscientious employees since you showed them a chance when they were down.
Reduced turnover. They tend to stay longer. Getting a job is not easy for them and once they have one, they tend not to want to quit.
They are motivated to be long-term employees.
Support from the community to help the employee be successful.
May be monitored by probation and parole to help troubleshoot, problem solve and motivate.
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