Understanding the Work Opportunity Tax Credit’s Target Groups: SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Benefits Recipient

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit, known as #WOTC, is a federal tax credit available to employers who hire individuals from disadvantaged groups of workers. Including WOTC Screening can save an employer significant amounts of money.

WOTC Screening is used to determine if a new hire is a member of one of the Work Opportunity Tax Credit’s ten target groups that would make the employer eligible to receive a tax credit for hiring the individual.

New hires who fall under one or more of WOTC’s Target Groups may make you eligible for a WOTC Tax Credit. Target Group #7 is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Benefits Recipient. 1,563,842 individuals were hired with certification from this group in 2022, 60.9% of the total, making it the top overall certified category. SNAP Recipient is typically the highest qualifying overall category for WOTC certifications.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Recipient

A “qualified SNAP benefits recipient” is an individual who on the date of hire is:

  • At least 18 years old
  • under 40, AND
  • A member of a family that received SNAP benefits for:
    • the previous 6 months OR
    • at least 3 of the previous 5 months.

The maximum tax credit available for hiring a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Recipient is $2,400.


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