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[Excerpt] The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is meant to induce employers to hire members of families receiving benefits under the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program and other groups thought to experience employment problems regardless of general economic conditions (e.g., food stamp recipients and ex-felons). In 1997, Congress passed the Welfare-to- Work (WtW) tax credit to focus specifically on more disadvantaged TANF recipients. The 109th Congress folded the WtW credit into a revised WOTC as part of the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006.

This report contains a description of the WOTC and closes with a legislative history of the WOTC.


Suggested Citation
Scott, C. (2013). The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC). Washington, DC: Congressional Research Service.