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The U.S. Department of Labor has made the following changes to forms:

Individual Characteristics form (ETA Form 9061)
Use our new 9061 form, which has an expiration date of May 31, 2026. As usual, you will use the completed form to enter information into our online filing system. Our online filing system will also update to reflect the changes.

Our bulk upload format also has changed. A new sample file that shows the new format is available in the Bulk Application Upload section of our online filing system.

Power of Attorney and Declaration of Representative (IRS form 2848)
IRS form 2848 will be discontinued and replaced with the new Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) ETA Form 9198 Employer Representative Declaration. Both employers and their representatives must sign this form.

We will accept both forms until May 31, 2024, but we recommend you replace any expiring 2848 forms with 9198 forms as soon as possible.

The new form is now available in our online filing system.

Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC)


The WOTC is a tax incentive for employers to hire certain hard-to-place job seekers. The goal is to help these individuals become economically self-sufficient and to reward employers who give them a chance.

Employers can reduce their federal business taxes by anywhere from $2,400 to $9,600 per eligible employee. The amount employers get is based on:

  • The employee's target group
  • Wages earned and hours worked by the employee

Employers cannot claim the WOTC for:

  • Relatives
  • Former employees
  • Undocumented noncitizen

Work Opportunity Tax Credit fact sheet - for a program overview and recent statistics

U.S. Department of Labor website – for updates and more information

To apply online
You must have a SecureAccess Washington (SAW) account and a WOTC account. Read How to apply then start here.

All applications must be submitted within 28 days of the employee's start date.

WOTC resources:
Online filing system | Eligibility | How to apply | Application deadlines

For more information:
 email ESDGPWOTC@esd.wa.gov or call 800-669-9271