Understanding WOTC’s Target Groups: Vocational Rehabilitation Referral

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 #5 is the Vocational Rehabilitation Referral. 29,316 individuals were hired with certification from this group in 2020, 1.81% of the total, making it the ninth overall certified category. This category is also combined with “Ticket to Work” which received 4,151 certifications in 2020.

Vocational Rehabilitation Referral/Ticket to Work

A “vocational rehabilitation referral” is a person who has a physical or mental disability and has been referred to the employer while receiving or upon completion of rehabilitative services pursuant to:

  • A state plan approved under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 OR
  • An Employment Network Plan under the Ticket to Work program, OR
  • A program carried out under the Department of Veteran Affairs.

The maximum tax credit available for hiring a Vocational Rehabilitation Referral is $2,400.


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