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Employment Development Department
Employment Development Department

Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC)

Program Updates

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) has been retroactively reauthorized from January 1, 2015, through December 31, 2019.

New target group “L” – Qualified Long-Term Unemployment Recipient – has been introduced for hire dates beginning January 1, 2016. Applications for target group “L” – Qualified Long-Term Unemployment Recipient – can now be submitted on eWOTC through both single and multiple application submission.

About WOTC

The WOTC promotes the hiring of individuals who qualify as members of target groups, by providing a federal tax credit incentive of up to $9,600 for employers who hire them.

The WOTC has two purposes:

The Employment Development Department is the WOTC certifying agency for California employers.

Apply for Work Opportunity Tax Credits

eWOTC is the online service to submit the WOTC Request for Certification Applications; and view and manage submitted applications. The eWOTC system significantly increases efficiency in processing new applications and decreases the waiting period for approvals.

To take full advantage of the benefits offered by eWOTC, employers with 25 or more employees and all agents/consultants must first enroll in Employer Services Online to be able to submit online WOTC Request for Certification Applications.

Login to eWOTC: If you have already enrolled, log in to use eWOTC

For technical assistance with eWOTC, please contact the WOTC Customer Service Team.

Employers with 24 employees or less, without agent/consultant representation, are also encouraged to submit new applications online through eWOTC, but they also have the option to mail the applications to:

Employment Development Department
Attn: Work Opportunity Tax Credit Authorization Center
2901 50th Street
Sacramento, CA 95817

Please note that mailed applications will take longer to process.

Submit Supporting Documentation: Please submit supporting documentation ONLY if you have received a Request for Additional Information (RAI) from the WOTC Center to determine an applicant’s eligibility.

WOTC Information

Contact WOTC

Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) representatives are available to assist you by phone, fax, mail, e-mail or online. Visit the Contact WOTC for more information.