Online system helps employers claim tax credits

TRENTON – The Labor Department on Monday unveiled a new online system that allows employers to quickly apply for and receive Work Opportunity Tax Credits (WOTC).

“This is another way our administration is cutting red tape,” said Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno, who oversees economic development in New Jersey. “Making it easier for businesses to claim tax credits will lead to more jobs for qualified individuals.”

WOTC is a federal tax credit incentive program that offers tax credits – up to $4,800 the first year – to employers who hire job seekers with barriers to employment. Those groups include individuals with disabilities, those receiving public assistance or food stamps, people previously incarcerated, and qualified veterans. The program requires a minimum employment retention period.

“We are excited to bring this new technology to our business customers,” said Harold Wirths, commissioner of the Labor Department, in a release. “With this new, streamlined electronic system, tax credit certifications for most employers may be validated within two business days. As a result, we are encouraged that even more employers will take advantage of the WOTC program and federal tax credits through the new filing system.”

The new online system replaces the previous method of submitting applications through the U.S. Postal Service and also addresses a backlog of applications that left many employers waiting months to receive their tax credits, Wirths said. An added benefit is that employers may go online to check the status of their applications and determinations.

Employers or job-seekers who want more information about the WOTC program or how to file the online application should go to: http://lwd.dol.state.nj.us/labor/employer/content/wotc.html, or send an email to: WOTCinquiries@dol.state.nj.us, or call: (609) 292-5525

Online system helps employers claim tax credits