Federal Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC)

Program Description

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

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Application Process

Employers must apply for and receive certification from the DWS WOTC Unit verifying that their new hire is a member of a WOTC target group before they can claim the WOTC on their federal tax return.

Claiming the Tax Credit

Contact the IRS at irs.gov or 1-800-829-3676 to obtain forms and instructions regarding how to claim the Work Opportunity Tax Credit. Tax law questions should be directed to the IRS or your tax attorney.

Electronic Applications

DWS is now accepting secure transfer of electronic applications for WOTC certifications. Employers and agents must obtain an Access Key prior to their first submission by calling 1-800-859-3203. It is the responsibility of the employer to maintain signed hard copies of Form 8850.

Submit Application

Paper Applications

  1. Complete the IRS Form 8850, Pre-Screening Notice and Certification Request, for the Work Opportunity Tax Credit. Find instructions here.
  2. Complete the U.S. Department of Labor ETA Form 9061, Individual Characteristics Form. Utah does not accept ETA Form 9062, Conditional Certifications.
  3. Mail or hand-deliver signed and dated forms within 28 calendar days of the new hire’s start date to:
    The Utah Department of Workforce Services
    WOTC Unit,
    140 E 300 S
    P.O. Box 142503
    Salt Lake City, Utah 84111-2503

Program Information


Eligible New Hires

WOTC Tax Credit Amounts

Contact Information

For questions regarding WOTC applications or policy, contact Breanna Watson at 801-526-9388, or call our toll-free number at 800-859-3203. Questions may also be submitted by email to wotc@utah.gov