Will I qualify for small business health care tax credits?



You may qualify for employer health care tax credits if you have fewer than 25 full-time equivalent employees making an average of about $50,000 a year or less.

To qualify for the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit, you must pay at least 50% of your full-time employees' premium costs. You don’t need to offer coverage to your part-time employees or to dependents.

The tax credit is worth up to 50% of your contribution toward employees' premium costs (up to 35% for tax-exempt employers).

Use the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit Estimator to find out if you qualify and how much you may save.

The credit is available only if you get coverage through the SHOP Marketplace.

Higher benefits for smaller businesses

The tax credit is highest for companies with fewer than 10 employees who are paid an average of $25,000 or less. The smaller the business, the bigger the credit.

Example of how the tax credit works

Example for an employer who qualifies for the maximum credit worth 50% of their premium contribution in 2014:

Number of employees: 10

Wages: $250,000 total or $25,000 per employee

Employer contribution to employee premiums: $70,000

Tax credit amount: $35,000 (50% of employer's contribution)

Find out if you qualify for the small business health care tax credit

You can find out if you qualify for the small business health care tax credit by visiting IRS.gov. You can also consult with your tax advisor or accountant to learn if you qualify, and if so, how much your credit will be.

Have questions about the SHOP Marketplace for businesses with 50 or fewer employees? Call 1-800-706-7893 (TTY users: 1-800-706-7915). Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST. Agents and brokers may also use this number.