WOTC Questions: Long-Term Unemployment Recipient, what is the maximum tax credit?

At CMS, as Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) experts and service providers since 1997, we receive a lot of questions via our website:

CMS Says:

  • If they worked at least 120 hours, but less than 400: Up to $1,500 (25% of $6,000 of first-year wages)
  • If they worked at least 400 hours: Up to $2,400 (40% of $6,000 of first-year wages)

Qualified Long-Term Unemployment Recipient is someone who:

An individual hired after 2015 who on the day before the individual begins work for the employer, or, if earlier, the day the individual completes Form 8850 as a prescreening notice, is in a period of unemployment that:

  • Is not less than 27 consecutive weeks, and
  • Includes a period (which may be less than 27 consecutive weeks) in which the individual received unemployment compensation under state or federal law.

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