Small employers should be aware of changes to the small business health care tax credit, a provision in the Affordable Care Act that gives a tax credit to eligible small employers who provide health care to their employees.
Beginning in 2014, there are changes to the tax credit that may affect your small business or tax-exempt organization:
- Credit percentage increased from 35 percent to 50 percent of employer-paid premiums; for tax-exempt employers, the percentage increased from 25 percent to 35 percent.
- Small employers may claim the credit for only two consecutive taxable years beginning in tax year 2014 and beyond.
- For 2014, the credit is phased out beginning when average wages equal $25,400 and is fully phased out when average wages exceed $50,800. The average wage phase out is adjusted annually for inflation.
- Generally, small employers are required to purchase a Qualified Health Plan from a Small Business Health Options Program Marketplace to be eligible to claim the credit. Transition relief from this requirement is available to certain small employers.
The following information will assist you in completing Form 8941, Credit for Small employer Health Insurance Premiums.
- SHOP QHP documentation or letter of eligibility from SHOP, unless transition relief applies
- Numbers of full-time and part-time employees and numbers of hours worked
- Average annual wages for employees
- Employer premiums paid per employee, if applicable
- Relevant K-1s and other pass-through credit information
- Cost of coverage for each employee
- Payroll tax liability – for tax-exempt organizations only
- Pass-through credit info – for K-1s of other small employers