What are the qualifications to claim the Veteran's Job Credit?

For tax years ending on or after December 31, 2012, and on or before December 31, 2016, the Veterans Jobs Credit is 20 percent, but not to exceed $5,000, of qualified wages paid during the taxable year to an employee who is a "qualified unemployed veteran."

For tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2010, and before January 1, 2015, the Veterans Jobs Credit is 10 percent, but not to exceed $1,200, of qualified wages paid during the taxable year to an employee who is a "qualified veteran."

For tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2007, and ending before December 31, 2010, the Veterans Jobs Credit is 5 percent, but not to exceed $600, of qualified wages paid during the taxable year to an employee who is a "qualified veteran."

For any given tax year, if an employee meets the requirements of both a "qualified veteran" and a "qualified unemployed veteran", you may only claim a credit for one or the other but not both.

A "qualified veteran" means an Illinois resident who

  • was a member of the Armed Forces of the United States (including any reserve component) or of the Illinois National Guard;
  • served on active duty in connection with Operation Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom, or Operation Iraqi Freedom;
  • has provided you with documentation showing that he or she was honorably discharged;
  • was initially hired by you on or after January 1, 2007; and
  • was employed by you at least 185 days during the tax year.

A "qualified unemployed veteran" means an Illinois resident who

  • was a member of the Armed Forces of the United States (including any reserve component) or of the Illinois National Guard;
  • served on active duty on or after September 11, 2001;
  • has provided you with documentation showing that he or she was honorably discharged;
  • was initially hired by you on or after June 1, 2012;
  • was unemployed for a total of 4 weeks or more during the six week period ending on the Saturday immediately preceding the date he or she was hired by you; and
  • was employed by you
    • at least 185 days or
    • at least 31 days if that employee was unemployed for a total of six months or more during the one year period ending on the date he or she was hired.

NOTE: “Qualified wages” means gross wages paid to a “qualified veteran” or a “qualified unemployed veteran” in the course of that veteran’s sustained employment.

NOTE: An employee qualifies as unemployed for a week if he or she has received unemployment benefits for the week, or has not been employed since being honorably discharged.

NOTE: The Veteran’s Job Credit has expired for tax years ending after December 31, 2016. Credits generated on or before December 31, 2016 may still be carried forward until expiration, however, no new credits for the Veteran’s Job Credit may be generated after December 31, 2016.

If you have additional inquiries, you may submit them to the Questions, Comments, or Request form.