WOTC Questions: How Long Does It Take To Get the Credit?

“I hired in 2016 and submitted my new hires within 28 days, I am wondering when I will receive the tax credit.”

At CMS, as WOTC experts and service providers since 1997, we receive a lot of questions via our website. In the case of the above question, the sender did not provide their email address, so we were unable to reply directly to them.

That’s actually a pretty common question from customers and people browsing our website. The truth is it actually varies by state! It can take days, weeks, or even months to receive notifications of certifications, denials. Sometimes a request for information from the State Workforce Agency can also cause a delay.

Several states have faced a backlog of WOTC applications since the program was on hiatus in 2014-2015. States that have online portals tend to be much quicker than states with a mail-only approach.


If you have any questions about your state’s WOTC certifications please call 800-517-9099, or click here to use our contact form