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The Advantage of Online Work Opportunity Tax Credit Screening

Since its inception in 1996, the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) has benefitted both employers and job seekers alike by incentivizing businesses to hire individuals facing significant barriers to employment. The Department of Labor (DOL) identifies “target groups” that generally have a harder time finding and retaining employment. By hiring individuals from these target groups who meet specific criteria, an employer can receive from $2,400 to $9,600 in maximum credit per new hire, in the form of a dollar-for-dollar reduction in their tax liability. With the HIREtech online WOTC solution, employers can assist those striving to get back into the workforce, while maximizing this lucrative federal incentive program.

To determine whether a new hire qualifies for the WOTC program, the new hire must be screened for eligibility on or before the date of hire. Employers who handle their WOTC program in-house, or who allow their WOTC program to be handled by a legacy provider may have to go through the steps of printing out paper copies of the forms, having their employees manually fill them out, and then sending them off by snail mail.  Notably, the paper submittal process can have lower certification rates than other forms of screening, thus leading to missed credit opportunities.  These forms are frequently filled out incorrectly, are missing information, or do not reach the State in time to meet the submission deadline. Due to the nature of the questions, new hires often do not fill out the 8850 forms truthfully, in fear of said information being readily available to co-workers or managers on insecure paper forms.

The HIREtech platform provides:

  • Online screening with automation
  • Data security and privacy
  • Complete transparency – insight and analytics on your WOTC program success
  • Real-time tracking and results
  • Best certification rate in the industry and across the nation

HIREtech’s online screening platform allows for the complete automation of the complex and time-consuming screening and reporting steps, resulting in the highest certification rate in the industry. The HIREtech online screening option takes the new hire through the questionnaire electronically and logically, dynamically screening for all federal, state and local incentives, and the platform enables the immediate submission of the qualified new hire’s 8850 form to the State with eSignature. In contrast, screening with paper forms may result in 8850s that are incomplete or rife with errors, missing signatures, or numerous other issues that arise from the manual completion.

Online screening also enables employers to track exactly who has screened and who has qualified. This allows for informed hiring/retention decisions, and provides insight and analytics on various factors pertaining to the WOTC program including hours worked, wages paid, and pending credits. Furthermore, underperforming locations, missed screenings, and overall compliance metrics can be reviewed, assessed, and enhanced in real-time.

Online screening advantages:

  • Maximize compliance – screening all employees all the time
  • Increased qualification rate
  • Highest possible certification rate
  • Seamless hiring process (NO PAPER!)

Employers should screen as many of their new hires as possible to not miss out on potential qualified employees, and therefore bottom-line dollars. Using HIREtech’s online WOTC screening platform yields the highest qualification rate, the highest certified credit amount, and the best user experience of any WOTC provider in the nation. For more information, contact HIREtech at info@hiretech.com or 844-hiretec.

Find out how we have increased our clients' WOTC credits by transitioning from paper and phone screening to online screening, request a copy of our case study here.