The first program of its kind in the nation helps to rid the workplace of the stigma surrounding addiction and increase employment opportunities for New Yorkers in recovery. All eligible employers can apply to receive up to $2,000 of tax credit per eligible employee hired in the current tax year, and/or the year immediately prior to that, if hours are aggregated over two years. Applications must be filed by January 15th of the year immediately following the tax year the credit is being claimed for.
This tax incentive granted to certified employers, who pay corporate finance taxes in NYS, for employing eligible individuals in recovery from a substance use disorder in part-time or full-time positions in NYS and is administered via the Request for Applications (RFA) process. The Recovery Friendly Workplace Tax Credit will be calculated at the rate of $1.00 per hour with a maximum amount of $2,000 per eligible individual. The program in its entirety is limited to a maximum of $2 million. OASAS reserves the right to reduce the amount of a tax credit certificate on a pro-rata basis corresponding to each claimant's share of the total claimed amount. Overpayment: If the amount of the credit issued under this subsection for any taxable year exceeds the taxpayer’s tax for the taxable year, the excess shall be treated as an overpayment of tax to be credited or refunded, provided, however, no interest will be paid thereon.
Eligible employers are any entities which pay corporate finance taxes and have a demonstrated ability of:
- Providing a recovery supportive environment
- Assisting individuals in recovery with the hiring process
- Providing training for all employees and supervisors.
- Having a documented working relationship with a local treatment organization certified by OASAS in the community where employees work
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Eligible employees include individuals with a Substance Use Disorder who:
- Have been hired in the current tax year, and/or the year immediately prior to that, if hours are aggregated over two years.
- Are in a state of wellness where there is an abatement of signs and symptoms of active addiction, to the satisfaction of the employer
- Have completed a course of treatment or is currently in receipt of treatment for such substance use disorder.
A relapse in an individual’s state of wellness does not make that individual ineligible, so long as the individual shows a continued commitment to recovery that aligns with their relapse prevention plan, discharge plan, and/or recovery plan.