Work Opportunity Tax Credit Statistics for California

In 2020 the state of California issued 127,188 Work Opportunity Tax Credit certifications.

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit, known as WOTC, is a federal tax credit available to employers who hire individuals from target groups, that include qualified Veterans, individuals on food stamps and more.

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit is available throughout the United States, and in 2020 it was worth approximately $3.8 Billion dollars to employers. 1,620,806 total Work Opportunity Tax Credits were issued in the United States in 2020. WOTC was renewed for five years in 2020, and is active through 12/31/2025.

Overall, California issued 7.85% of WOTC Tax Credits in 2020.

 

Work Opportunity Tax Credit Statistics for California 2020:

California received the third most overall WOTC Requests in 2020 at 526,262, and also came first in the number of certifications for the IV-A (TANF) both long and short term categories, Veteran unemp. 6 Mo., and Long Term Unemployment categories.

WOTC Target Group Total Credits Percentage
SNAP (FS) 68,610 53.94%
Long term IV-A (TANF) 13,434 10.56%
Long Term Unemployment 10,974 0.00%
IV-A (TANF) 10,132 7.97%
Veteran unemp. 6 Mo. 8,133 6.39%
SSI Recipient 5,624 4.42%
Veteran unemp. 4 Wk 4,156 3.27%
Ex-felon 3,737 2.94%
Vocational Rehabilitation 1,649 1.30%
Veteran Receiving SNAP 629 0.49%
Disabled Veteran unemp. 6 Mo. 85 0.07%
Disabled Veteran 17 0.01%
Designated Community Resident 7 0.01%
Summer Youth 1 0.00%
Ticket Holder 0 0.00%

More about the Work Opportunity Tax Credit’s target groups.

 

California WOTC Tax Credit Certification 2015 – 2020:

WOTC Certifications Current Pending* Denials Total Requests
2020 127,188 143,547 255,527 526,262
2019 158,793 174,894 263,235 596,922
2018 158,209 199,179 259,810 617,198
2017 155,869 193,424 198,953 548,246
2016 134,635 149,064 203,905 487,604
2015 171,526 59,225 149,121 379,872
2014 167,614 58,267 147,353 373,234

*Pending at time of publishing (February 2021).

 

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