The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is an employer benefit for hiring jobseekers most in need of employment. Employers make the hiring decision and complete minimal paperwork to claim the tax credit. All employers are eligible for this benefit, and there is no limit on the number of qualifying individuals who can be hired.


Hire From Among These 8 Groups of Jobseekers to Qualify for the WOTC:

1. Long-term TANF recipient

2. Short-term TANF recipient

3. Veteran

4. 18-39 y/o SNAP (food stamps) recipient

5. 18-39 y/o designated community resident

6. Vocational rehabilitation referral

7. Ex-felon

8. SSI recipient

For most target groups, the WOTC is based on qualified wages paid to the employee for the first year of employment and the number of hours worked.


Generally, qualified wages for non veteran groups are capped at $6,000. The credit is 25% of qualified first-year wages for those employed at least 120 hours but fewer than 400 hours, and 40% for those employed 400 hours or more.


For more information about this program, contact

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For more information about American Job Center services for employers please visit one of our locations in Bridegport, Derby, Waterbury or Stamford.

Career Fairs


CRI holds an annual career fair in downtown Bridgeport, open to all area employers. CRI also partners with local organizations throughout the year on specialized career fairs. Past examples have included fairs for returning citizens (ex-offenders) and the healthcare industry. For more information about upcoming fairs, please contact Rob Hebert at

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