WOTC Questions: What are the reasons for denials of WOTC?

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

Question – What are the reasons for denials of WOTC?

CMS Says: Nationwide 36% of all submitted requests for WOTC are denied, so receiving a denial notice is very common. The most common reasons for rejection are as follows:

  • Employee not a member of a target group. This happens most often when forms are not reviewed prior to being submitted to the state workforce agency, OR if a new hire incorrectly checks a box after misreading a question.
  • Received Too Late (i.e. over 28 days from start date).
  • Forms are missing information (date/signature etc).
  • Did not receive supporting documents in a timely manner.

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