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Screening for WOTC: An Antiquated Process Due for a Technological Makeover

AntiquatedAccording to The Pew Research Center’s “Digital Life in 2025” report, which aggregates the opinions of more than 2,500 digital experts and technology builders to examine how our lives will be different ten years from now, “Information sharing over the Internet will be so effortlessly interwoven into daily life that it will become invisible, flowing like electricity, often through machine intermediaries.”

While it’s not hard to envision that reality given how ubiquitous technology and the Internet have become today in both business and everyday life, we’re obviously not there yet. One example: screening job applicants and applying for the federal Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC), which can be an arduous process filled with paper forms and physical mailing of documentation.

The process usually begins with a job applicant filling out IRS Form 8850, Pre-Screening Notice and Certification Request for the Work Opportunity Credit, often by hand. Employers must then mail the completed form to their respective state workforce agency, which must happen within 28 days of the employee beginning work.

After the employee is confirmed to be eligible for the credit, employers then have to fill out and submit several additional IRS forms to actually claim the credit, again, often by hand on paper forms.

If information sharing is going to become “effortlessly interwoven into daily life” as the Pew report predicts, both government and the private sector should work to reexamine and update the process today to reflect the realities of how business happens – why wait until 2025?

Learn more about WOTC screening, leveraging tax credits and incentives such as this with help from ADP.





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