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Tennessee Businesses Save Millions With Employer Tax Credit

Tennessee Will Issue a Record-Breaking Number of Work Opportunity Tax Credits in 2017

Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce DevelopmentNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD) continues to issue a record number Work Opportunity Tax Credits (WOTC) to business owners across the state. 

A streamlined, modernized application process makes it easier for employers to take advantage of this beneficial tax credit.

Tennessee Work Opportunity Tax Credits

Between January and October 2017, TDLWD approved nearly 124,000 WOTC applications, totaling over $322 million in tax credits to Tennessee employers. 

The state has already far surpassed the total number of certifications made in all of 2016.

 “This tax credit benefits everyone involved,” said TDLWD Commissioner Burns Phillips.  “It can help improve an employer’s bottom line, while assisting someone who faces significant barriers when looking for employment.” 

Eligible workers must come from targeted groups who consistently have a difficult time entering or reentering the labor force.  Those groups include persons who have been unemployed for a long period of time, veterans, food stamp recipients, ex-felons, persons in vocational rehabilitation, supplemental social security income recipients, as well as several other groups of individuals.

The WOTC provides federal tax credit incentives to employers who hire eligible individuals.  A company can receive a tax credit that ranges from $2,400 – $9,600 per approved employee.


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