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Credit for employment of persons with disabilities

You are entitled to this nonrefundable credit if you or your business:

  • employed a qualified employee within New York State who is certified by the New York State Education Department's Office of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities (VESID) or by the State of New York Office of Children and Family Services’ Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped (CBVH) as a person with a disability that constitutes or results in a substantial handicap to employment and who has completed or is receiving services under an individualized written rehabilitation plan approved by VESID or CBVH.

The New York State Department of Labor (DOL) administers the certification of the program in cooperation with VESID and CBVH.

How much is the credit?                                                             

  • The credit amount is 35% of the first $6,000 of qualified first year wages or qualified second year wages.
  • A credit of up to $2,100 per employee is available.

Note: For tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2015, there is an additional credit available to qualified employers certified by DOL for employing individuals with developmental disabilities. For more information and qualifications for this new credit, see Form CT-644, Workers with Disabilities Tax Credit, (for corporations), Form IT-644, Workers with Disabilities Tax Credit, (for all others) and the DOL website. An employer is not allowed to claim this new credit and the credit for employment of persons with disabilities for the same employee.

For additional information, see:

  • DOL's website
  • Form CT-41, Claim for Credit for Employment of Persons with Disabilities, and its instructions, Form CT-41-I (for corporations); or
  • Form IT-251, Credit for Employment of Persons with Disabilities, and its instructionsForm IT-251-I (for all others)
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