Inclusive Workforce Program

Inclusive Workforce
Program

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a federal tax credit available to employers that hire and retain veterans and individuals from target groups, including returning citizens, with significant barriers to employment. There is no limit to the number of individuals an employer can hire to qualify to claim the tax credit and there are only a few simple steps to follow to apply for the WOTC.

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About the Project

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a federal tax credit available to employers that hire and retain veterans and individuals from target groups, including returning citizens, with significant barriers to employment. You can read more about the WOTC here.

To understand why businesses do not take advantage of the WOTC and hire more individuals returning from prison and jails, OrganizingTogether is embarking on a research study with local area partners. This report outlines the objectives of the study and the results of three focus groups with three stakeholder groups: businesses, service providers, and those who have experiencing or have experienced re-entry. 

  • If the individual works at least 120 hours, the employer may claim a tax credit equal to 25 percent of the individual’s first year wages, up to $2,400. 
  • If the individual works at least 400 hours, the employer may claim a tax credit equal to 40 percent of the individual’s first year wages, up to $2,400. 

The maximum credit that an employer can claim may exceed these amounts depending on the other circumstances surrounding the employee. OrganizingTogether realizes that returning citizens will need more support than regular employees and want to work with businesses to ensure a mutually beneficial relationship that supports re-entry and wellness.

Outcomes

Our team is developing a curriculum and standard operating procedures for creating a more inclusive workforce that takes into considerations the additional needs for individuals who have experienced trauma. 

Focus Groups

Our team is conducting targeted focus groups with businesses, re-entry specialists, and individuals who have experienced difficulty finding a job after experiencing trauma. 

Capacity Building

By joining the Alliance program, you will receive our Tier I & II training for $5,000 (with 40% going to a local social equity organizations of your choice) and will receive custom digital marketing materials to tell all your customers about your commitment to bettering your community as well as earn marketing points with OT.

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