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Work Opportunity Tax Credit

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a federal income tax credit incentive provided to private sector employers. An employer may be eligible for WOTC when they hire from certain target groups of job seekers who face employment barriers. The WOTC tax credit is a one-time tax credit for each new hire - and there is no limit to the number of new hires who can qualify an employer for a tax credit. The requirements for this program are set by the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.

Employers that hire Nebraska VR's qualified candidates may claim the WOTC. Nebraska VR's Employment Specialists will access our candidate pool to find individuals with skills for your specific job openings.

How does a business apply for WOTC?

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    To qualify for the credit, employers must file within 28 calendar days of the employee hire date, including weekends and holidays.

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    Follow the steps outlined in the Nebraska Department of Labor Guidance Letter to get started.

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    Use the Department of Labor's dedicated WOTC email address for requesting answers to questions or for additional assistance if needed: Email is monitored daily by a DOL WOTC expert.

More information about WOTC Tax Credits is available from the Nebraska Department of Labor.

Employer Resources

Employer Tax Credits

Two other tax credits available in addition to the WOTC.

  • Disabled Access Credit For small businesses (30 or fewer FT employees or earned $1 million or less). Assists in providing access to persons with disabilities.
  • Barrier Removal Tax Deduction Any size business to remove architectural and transportation barriers for people with disabilities.

More information from the IRS: Tax Benefits for Businesses Who Have Employees with Disabilities

Employment Services Fact Sheet

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Our Mission

We help people with disabilities, prepare for, obtain, and maintain employment while helping businesses recruit, train, and retain employees with disabilities.

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Nebraska VR
Nebraska Department of Education
Address: P.O. Box 94987, Lincoln, NE 68510
Telephone: 402-471-3644
Toll Free: 877-637-3422 or 877-NE-REHAB
FAX: 402-471-0788