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Employer representatives need to submit a new form to be able to enter applications
after May 31, 2024

Power of Attorney and Declaration of Representative (IRS Form 2848) will be discontinued and replaced with the new Work Opportunity Tax Credit  ETA Form 9198 Employer Representative Declaration

We recommend you replace all currently valid 2848 forms with 9198 forms now. As of June 1, 2024, you will need the new 9198 form on file with us to enter any applications.

The new form is available in our online filing system.

About the new Form 9198:

  • You will not be able to enter applications on behalf of an employer without a valid 9198 in place. This is a new requirement.
  • Both employers and their representatives need to sign this form.
  • The time authorized for the employer representative needs to start on or after the signature date.
  • The time authorized for the employer representative needs to be 5 years or less. 


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