WOTC Questions: How Long Must an Employee Work To Claim Tax Credit?

How long must an eligible employee work before a company can claim the WOTC 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 on our chat box, so we were unable to reply directly to them.

A qualified employee must work a minimum of 120 hours, or a maximum of 400 hours, in order for you to claim the work opportunity tax credit. At 120 hours, you are eligible to claim 25% of the first $6,000 in wages, or $1,500. At 400 b hours you can claim 40% of the first $6,000 in wages or $2,400.

CMS makes tracking this data easy. As part of our service, we track the hours and wages of your qualified new hires to make sure you get the maximum tax credit.


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