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At WorkForce West Virginia, our goal is to strengthen West Virginia’s business climate by supporting our state’s strong business partners – from startups to global businesses – and that means connecting you with tax credits that may be available to you to help your business grow and thrive.


Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC)

The WOTC is a federal tax credit program that offers significant incentives for employers who hire and retain individuals from specific target groups that have previously experienced difficulty in securing employment.

Program Benefits

Through this tax credit program, employers can:

  • Receive tax credits for hiring individuals from targeted groups
  • Reduce federal tax liability by as much as $2,400 per new hire during the first year of employment
  • Help those most in need to become economically self-sufficient
  • Hire as many qualified employees as the payroll will allow
  • Reduce recruitment and training costs
  • Claim the tax credit with minimal paperwork
  • Provide valuable on-the-job experiences to qualified job seekers

How to Apply for the Credit

We try and make the process simple and efficient. To apply for the WOTC, employers must complete two forms:

  • Internal Revenue Service (IRS) 8850: Prescreening Notice and Certification Request
  • Employment and Training Administration (ETA) 9061: Individual Characteristics Form
Note: Employers must provide required documentation and original signatures. Employers must meet the filing deadline-applications must be postmarked within 28 days of start work date.

How to Access Required Forms

Both the IRS 8850 and the Department of Labor ETA 9061 can be downloaded from the WOTC homepage:


Employers may call the WOTC state office to request forms.

(304) 558-5050