What is the New Small Business Health Care Tax Credit?

May, 2010

The Small Business Tax Credit is available beginning with the 2010 Tax Year. Businesses with fewer than 25 full-time equivalent employees (FTEs) and average annual wages less than $50,000 per employee may qualify. To receive the tax credit, an employer must have a group health plan and must pay at least 50% of the premium.

The tax credit is equal to a percentage of what the employer pays and is based on the average premium in the small group market in the state. For tax years 2010 through 2013, the maximum credit in each year is 35% of the employer's contributions (25% for nonprofit employers). Beginning tax year 2014, the maximum credit is 50% of the employer's contribution (35% for nonprofit employers). The full 35% tax credit (50% in future years) is available for a business with 10 or fewer full-time equivalent workers and average annual wages of $25,000 or less. The tax credit phases out completely at 25 workers (FTEs) or average wages of $50,000.

For more information about this tax credit, visit the article at IRS.gov.


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