When applying for a job you will be asked if you’ve ever been convicted of a crime and/or felony. Your answer should always be: “Yes but I can be bonded and there is a tax credit for hiring me.” Make it a priority to talk face to face with to the person who does the hiring where you are seeking employment. It is your responsibility to teach the employer how to utilize the bonding program and the WOTC. Point out to them that both of these programs are designed to eliminate risk when hiring someone with a criminal background.
VIRGINIA BONDING PROGRAM
Your re-entry counselor should provide you with your bonding letter before you are released. If you did not receive your letter, you can obtain one through your probation officer or a work force development professional. Bonds cover employee theft, forgery, larceny or embezzlement at NO COST TO THE EMPLOYER. Bonds are issued in $5,000 increments and cover a period of six months. If you have your letter and the employer has offered you the job and wants to participate in the bonding program, the employer then needs to contact:
Virginia Federal Bonding Program Coordinator
Virginia Department of Corrections
6900 Atmore Drive
Richmond, VA 23225
WORK OPPORTUNITY TAX CREDIT
Under The Small Business and Work Opportunity Act of 2007 (WOTC): An employer may qualify for a tax credit of up to $2,400 annually (for up to two years for a total of $4,800). This can only be applied for by the employer during your first year after release. Attached is a flyer that explains the WOTC as well as the tax forms your employer must fill out and submit to the IRS.