The WOTC Buzz: The Deadline to Replace Your Form 2848 is Approaching

The deadline to start using WOTC ETA form 9198 in place of IRS Form 2848 is only months away. Learn what you need to do to help keep your WOTC tax credits process consistent.

Reminder: The deadline for use of IRS Form 2848 is coming very soon – May 31, 2024.

You may be asking, “What is Form 2848?”, exclaiming “Oh no! What do I do now?”, or even wondering “What is WOTC, again?”  Luckily, we have answers below for all three below. 

What’s the WOTC buzz?

On June 23, 2023, The Department of Labor (DOL) issued new guidance requiring Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) customers to implement and execute a new ETA Form 9198 -  Employer Representative Declaration Form. This new form is replacing the existing IRS Form 2848 - Power of Attorney (POA) Form. It is to be used by employers to designate a third-party representative to act on their behalf to help employers manage WOTC certification requests with State Workforce Agencies (SWAs). Both employers and their representatives must sign this form. After signed and submitted, it will be valid for a length of up to 5 years and is specific to WOTC.

Effective May 31, 2024, use of IRS Form 2848 will be discontinued for this purpose, and employers MUST use ETA Form 9198 to declare any new representatives with the appropriate SWA. To better ensure a smooth transition and help reduce possible delays to WOTC determinations, it is important for employers to work with their WOTC providers to complete and file this new Form 9198 as soon as possible.

What is WOTC, again?

WOTC is a government incentive program used to encourage employers to hire and retain employees from certain targeted demographic groups that typically have challenges gaining employment. In return the employer gets a credit that could be worth up to $9,600 for each qualified individual on their tax return. 

Employers must request and receive a certification from the SWA verifying the new hire is a member of a targeted group before they can claim the tax credit. After receiving the required certification from the SWA, the employer may apply the Work Opportunity Credit towards their taxes.

Aimed at helping people find jobs and encouraging employers to give them a chance, employers who screen for WOTC claim about $1 billion in tax credits each year, according to the Department of Labor (DOL).

If you do not currently have a WOTC screening program or hope to increase your screening percentage, contact us to connect with our subject matter experts. You can also check out a few best practices in How to Get Up to 100% WOTC Screening and Why for a deeper dive on the subject. 

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