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Learn About Tax Credits and Incentives
The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) coordinates the federal Work Opportunity Tax Credit Program (WOTC). This program provides employers financial incentives when hiring workers from targeted groups of job seekers by reducing an employer's federal income tax liability. The tax credit can be from $1,200 to $9,600 per qualified employee, depending on the target group. The most frequently certified WOTC is $2,400 for each adult new hire.

WOTC Forms, including the Pre-Screening Notice and Certification Request (IRS Form 8850) and Individual Characteristics Form (ETA Form 9061), are required to apply for these tax credits. Applications must be submitted either electronically using the Georgia eWOTC or by U.S. mail using the most recent versions of the IRS Form 8850 (Rev. 1-2013) and ETA Form 9061 (July 2013).

The legislative authority for the WOTC program, which expired on December 31, 2013, has been extended. The current Act extends the WOTC program through December 31, 2014, and retroactively reauthorizes the program for new employees hired on or after January 1, 2014. The U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) is working with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to issue reauthorization guidance to the state workforce agencies and the employer community. Employers should continue to submit WOTC applications to state workforce agencies within 28 calendar days after the new hire's start date.

WOTC Information from the USDOL

WOTC Information from the IRS

Contact the WOTC Unit for Georgia via:
  • Phone at 404-232-3699
  • Fax at 404-232-3684
  • WOTC Email
  • Mail
         Georgia Department of Labor
         WOTC Unit, Suite 400
         148 Andrew Young International Blvd.
         Atlanta, Ga., 30303
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Resources for Tax Credits and Incentives
Tax Incentives for Improving Accessibility
Access a fact sheet of information on the Disabled Access Tax Credit and the Architectural/Transportation Barrier Removal Tax Deduction. (PDF)
Georgia Tax Credits
Access specific information on programs and partners, including publications, about Georgia incentives for job growth and creation.
Disabled Access Credit IRS Form 8826
View or print the IRS form used by eligible small businesses to claim this tax credit. Instructions are also included. (PDF)
IRS Business Tax Credits
View a list of federal tax credits available to businesses and access the forms necessary to figure each credit.
IRS Form 5884
Access the form businesses use to claim the work opportunity credit for qualified first year wages paid or incurred for targeted-group employees during the tax year. (PDF)
Federal Bonding Program
View or print this brochure for specific and comprehensive information about the Federal Bonding Program, for which GDOL is the certified local agency. (PDF)
IRS Form 2848
Access the Power of Attorney and Declaration of Representative form used by businesses that desire to hire a consulting firm to process their paperwork for the Work Opportunity and Welfare to Work Tax Credit programs. (PDF)
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