WOTC Questions: What is a Conditional Certification from the State Workforce Agency?

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:

What is a conditional certification from the state workforce agency?

CMS says: The first question on the IRS Form 8850 Pre-Screening Notice and Certification Request for the Work Opportunity Credit is: Check here if you received a conditional certification from the state workforce agency (SWA) or a participating local agency for the work opportunity credit.

Some states refer to employment agencies as State Workforce Agencies (SWA), while others refer to them as State Employment Agencies. When a SWA or participating agency determines that a job-ready applicant is, TENTATIVELY ELIGIBLE as a member of a target group under WOTC, it uses the Department of Labor ETA Form 9062, to show that eligibility pre-determination was made for the individual. Note. The Conditional Certification serves as an official record of the pre-certification, alerts prospective employers to the availability of the tax credit if this individual is hired, and provides a means for employers to request a WOTC certification for this person.

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