How Businesses Can Save Money on Holiday Hiring

How Businesses Can Save Money on Holiday Hiring

With just a few weeks to go until Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hanukkah, retailers are seeking to fill seasonal positions is reporting that on average retailers plan to hire 3.1 seasonal employees in 2009, a drop of 16% from last year. They report that retailers aren’t the only ones hiring. Other good bets include warehouse jobs, restaurant jobs and hotel jobs. Tax preparation companies like Jackson Hewitt and H&R Block also offer seasonal jobs.

If you are hiring seasonal employees this holiday season you are not alone. Thousands of companies nationwide have already begun their annual holiday hiring to accommodate the expected increase in seasonal sales.

The holiday hiring season provides a huge opportunity for employers to take advantage of the Work Opportunity Tax Credit. WOTC applies to new hires only for employees who fall into one of the following categories:

  • Designated Community Resident
  • Ex-Felon
  • Family Assistant Recipient
  • Family Assistant Recipient (long term)
  • SNAP Recipient (food stamps)
  • SSI Recipient
  • Summer Youth
  • Veteran
  • Veteran (disabled)

New hires do not have to be full-time employees in order for you to qualify for the tax credit. As long as the employee works between 120 – 400 hours for your company you can receive up to 40% of their wages (up to $6,000) in tax credits.

CMS has processed WOTC tax credits for companies for over 13 years and based on our experience up to 15% of the workforce is eligible for the employment tax credits. Why aren’t you taking advantage? Call CMS today at 1-800-517-9099 to find out how we can save you money this holiday season.

Calculate your potential tax savings with our WOTC Tax Credit Savings Calculator

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