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Benefits to Employers

Work Opportunity Tax Credit: The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) offers an incentive for employers to hire target group members who have certain barriers to employment. By employing target group members, an employer can lower their federal income tax liability by claiming up to $2,400 per each qualified new hire. Learn more about HIRE and new jobs tax breaks.

Target Groups include:

  1. Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients
  2. Veterans (recent food stamp recipients)
  3. Qualified Ex-felons
  4. Vocational Rehabilitation referrals
  5. Food-stamp (FS) recipients 18-24 years of age
  6. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients

Employer Instructions & Forms:

For information or assistance in applying for tax credit or no cost bonding, contact Karen Almond at the Probation and Pretrial Services Office at 816-512-1476 or via email at

No Cost Bonding: Applicant can qualify for no cost bonding. For more information, visit


Working with U.S. Pretrial Services and U.S. Probation: While under supervision of either office, it is our responsibility to assess the risk to the community as well as monitor the conditions imposed by the court. As a result, many individuals under our supervision participate in random drug screening; they must be in contact with their assigned supervision officer on a monthly basis; and barriers to employment (i.e. substance abuse, mental health) are identified and minimized through treatment and close monitoring.

Benefits of hiring individuals under our supervision:

  1. Pretrial Services and Probation Officers are a direct point of contact and will provide continued support by intervening if problems arise.
  2. Individuals are guided to seek employment in areas in which interest and abilities meet the work requirements; thus improving the likelihood of job retention through the assistance of a workforce development specialist.
  3. By reducing the risk of re-offending behavior, the community benefits with safer neighborhoods.
  4. Employed defendants and offenders become tax-paying citizens.