Work: Employer Tax Credits
There are tax credits available to an employer who hires a person who has been "disabled" or is a member of a targeted group such as welfare recipients.
If you are willing to disclose that you have been disabled or are a member of one of the groups, you have a strong additional argument in favor of being hired because of the tax credit an employer can receive by hiring you. You don't need to disclose your particular disabling diagnosis. However, you should be prepared to offer assurances, including a letter form your doctor, confirming that your impairment allows you to do the core job responsibilities - possibly with a reasonable accommmodation. (If you aren't familiar with the concept of reasonable accommodatoins, see Reasonable Accommodations.)
People conducting job interviews and making hiring decisions are unlikely to know or care about these tax credit programs. Their decisions will likely be based only on their own immediate staff needs.Nevertheless, you may increase your chances of being hired by:
- Mention the tax credit to the interviewer.
- Contact the employer's personnel director and/or chief financial officers. These people will be more likely to care about the firm's overall finances. You can remind them of the advantage of hiring you and ask them to let the interviewer know about the financial advantage to the company by hiring you.
If you want to go even further, you can visit the Internal Revenue website at www.IRS.gov and download IRS Forms and Instructions 8826, 8844, 8850, and 8861, 8812 as well as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) forms. As of this writing, the forms are located at: http://www.irs.gov/individuals/article/0,,id=118888,00.html . You can also call the IRS for the forms.