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Special Note: On February 19, 2015, IRS Notice 2015-13 was published for the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC).

This notice allows employers and/or their representatives (WOTC Consultants) additional time to submit their requests for WOTC certification for employees that were hired during the period covering January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014. The statutory filing requirement is waived during this 'transition relief period' and allows employers/consultants to submit their WOTC certifications on or by April 30, 2015. Employers and/or their representatives are encouraged to submit these applications via the online application processing system or via the U.S. Postal Service prior to the April 30, 2015 filing deadline. Applications for 2014 that are postmarked after the April 30, 2015 deadline will not be given consideration for the WOTC.

IRS Notice 2015-13 is available here.


President Obama signed into law the new Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 which extended the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) Program. This new legislation reauthorized WOTC retroactively to January 1, 2014 and applies to all employees who commenced work for the employer from January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014.

This legislation does not extend the WOTC authorization for individuals hired in 2015. Employers and/or their representatives (WOTC Consultants) are strongly encouraged to continue to submit WOTC applications on newly hired employees who commence work on or after January 1, 2015 in a timely manner (must be postmarked within 28 calendar days of the new employee's job start date of employment) to state workforce agencies for consideration of the tax credit.

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