Sunday, March 3, 2013
How to explain WOTC to your hiring employers
Work Opportunity Tax Credit is a federal tax for employers who are considering to hire individuals with disabilities. When employers are qualified for WOTC after hiring individuals with disabilities, they are able to reduce their income tax liability. The tax credit ranges from $1,200 to $9,600, depending on the number of hours individuals work. Not bad, right?
The question is, what's the best way to explain WOTC to your potential employers? Many of them do not know or never have heard of it before. This is why it's so important to explain things that could benefit hiring employers. Let's just be frank, they don't give a flying crap about any qualified individuals with disabilities, and they ponder, "why should I hire a deaf person? How do I benefit from this?". The bottom line is, we have to throw meat to a dog in order to get what we need from this dog.
Being in a highly competition against many hearing applicants, you have to give something that employers may need or want, and that includes WOTC.
Interviewer: "Um, ok--so, uh...why should we hire you?"
Deaf Candidate: "Because I have five years of experience in blah blah blah. I am a hard working person, have great attention to details, and blah blah blah. Not only do I have the perfect qualifications for this job, but if you hire me, this company could get a tax credit called Work Opportunity Tax Credit. What it does for this company is to reduce their income tax if a Deaf person is hired by them. I brought the WOTC papers with me, so you can review it, and let me know if you're interested."
This is a very simple approach, especially with the papers you need to provide to the hiring employers, so that they can understand what they are reading.
If they decide to hire someone else over you, then remember that at least you have tried and to keep going what you are doing, anyway.
Many employers really need to be educated about Deaf culture (or various individuals with disabilities if they will) and how they can benefit from hiring persons with disabilities. Their ignorance and fears of persons with disabilities resulted in a much higher rate of unemployment than those of people without disabilities.
If you are in currently meeting with your VR counselor, ask them for more information about WOTC and where you can obtain information on it.
Here's a website at More Info About WOTC