WOTC Questions: Can family members qualify employers for the WOTC tax credit?

At CMS, as Work Opportunity Tax Credit “WOTC” subject matter experts and service providers since 1997, we receive a lot of questions via our website and through the webcasts we attend. This week’s WOTC Question comes from the chat box on our website:

Can family members qualify employers for the WOTC tax credit?

CMS says: According to the Department of Labor guidelines no tax credit can be claimed for wages paid to relatives. The tax credit is not valid for:

  • son or daughter
  • stepson or stepdaughter
  • brother
  • sister
  • stepbrother or stepsister
  • father or mother
  • stepfather or stepmother
  • niece or nephew
  • uncle or aunt
  • son-in-law or daughter-in-law
  • father-in-law or mother-in-law
  • brother-in-law or sister-in-law
  • descendants of any of the aforementioned
  • or if the employee resides in the home of the employer

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