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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 then assist with the process required to apply for up to $2400 in federal tax credits.

The first step for new users is to register at the Nebraska Enterprise Content Management Portal. Basic information and the business' Federal Tax ID number are required to identify the employer to the IRS.

How Does an Employer Apply for WOTC?

  1. 1.

    Complete page 1 of IRS Form 8850 by the day the job offer is made. (IRS FORM 8850 Instructions)

  2. 2.

    Complete page 2 of IRS Form 8850 after the individual is hired.

  3. 3.

    Complete ETA Form 9062 as Nebraska VR clients are certified as belonging to a WOTC target group because they are served by a Vocational Rehabilitation agency.

  4. 4.

    Electronically submit the information from the 8850 and 9062 forms along with supporting documentation at Nebraska Enterprise Content Management Portal within 28 calendar days of the employee's start date.

  5. 5.

    After receiving notification that a WOTC certification determination is available, view and print ETA 9063 certification that authorizes the employer to claim the WOTC tax credit.

  6. 6.

    Download IRS FORM 5884 which is the form you will need when claiming the WOTC tax credit.

More information about WOTC Tax Credits from the 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

Nebraska VR fact:

Nebraska VR Employment Specialists will help you with Nebraska's online WOTC submission process at NE WOTC Online where you can:

  • Electronically submit WOTC eligibility forms 8850 and 9062

  • Attach supporting documentation to verify applicant eligibility

  • View/print certification and denial determinations

  • Manage POA documents for agent representatives

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