Work Opportunity Tax Credit Statistics for Illinois

In 2020 the state of Illinois issued 81,738 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.

Nationwide, Illinois issued 5.04% of WOTC Tax Credits in 2020.

 

Work Opportunity Tax Credit Statistics for Illinois 2020:

WOTC Target Group Total Credits Percentage
SNAP (FS) 73,995 90.53%
Long Term Unemployment 3,066 3.75%
Long term IV-A (TANF) 2,436 2.98%
Ex-felon 831 1.02%
Designated Community Resident 467 0.57%
IV-A (TANF) 422 0.52%
Veteran unemp. 4 Wk 275 0.34%
Veteran unemp. 6 Mo. 179 0.22%
Veteran Receiving SNAP 24 0.03%
SSI Recipient 17 0.02%
Disabled Veteran unemp. 6 Mo. 14 0.02%
Vocational Rehabilitation 9 0.01%
Ticket Holder 2 0.00%
Disabled Veteran 1 0.00%
Summer Youth 0 0.00%

In 2020 the state of Illinois issued 81,738 Work Opportunity Tax Credit certifications, or 5.04% overall. 90.53% of credits were for the SNAP category.

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

 

Illinois WOTC Tax Credit Certification 2014 – 2020:

WOTC Certifications Current Pending* Denials Total Requests
2020 81,738 37,877 124,026 243,641
2019 144,590 859 395,009 540,458
2018 109,054 14,865 208,919 332,838
2017 107,880 8,230 157,808 273,918
2016 165,538 9,007 164,252 338,797
2015 109,361 108,639 113,099 331,099
2014 107,135 4,501 107,319 218,955

*Pending at time of publishing (February 2021).

 

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