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If you hire new employees or you are planning an expansion, this tax credit can save you thousands of dollars over the course of five years. By hiring “qualified” employees, you can claim up to 50% of your employee’s wages in the first year of employment. The credit percentage decreases by 10% annually, phasing out after five years.
-Receive subsidized employment, training or services under WIA; or
-Be registered under CalWORKS; or
-Be certified under the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) by the Employment Development Department’s guidelines (PDF); or
-Be a resident of a Targeted Employment Area.
For a complete list of eligibility criteria, see “Which Employees Qualify?” on pages 16-17 of SDREZ Vouchering Handbook (PDF):
Vouchering is the process of screening and documenting new hires to determine if the employee qualifies a business for the Hiring Tax Credit.
To determine if an employee meets one of the required eligibility criteria for the hiring tax credit, an EZ Hiring Tax Credit Application must be completed for each employee. Before submitting an application to the SDREZ Vouchering Agent, please review the SDREZ Vouchering Handbook. A $100 application fee is required for each application submitted and is nonrefundable.
Other advantages include:
-No-cost job referral service used to find qualified employees whose wages can be claimed as tax credits. For more information, please contact one of the local EZ Vouchering Agents:
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