March 19, 2012
Small Employers: Reminder to Utilize Small Business Health Care Tax Credit
The IRS is encouraging small employers that provide health insurance coverage to their employees to check out the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit.
This program, which was enacted two years ago as part of the Affordable Care Act, provides income tax credits to small employers that pay at least half of the premiums for employee health insurance coverage under a qualifying arrangement. The credit is specifically targeted to help small businesses and tax-exempt organizations provide health insurance for their employees.
The IRS recently revised the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit page on IRS.gov and included information and resources designed to help small employers determine if they qualify for the credit and then to compute it correctly. The webpage includes a step-by-step guide for determining eligibility and examples of typical tax savings under various scenarios. The credit is computed utilizing IRS forms 8941 and 3800.
Filing deadlines differ depending upon how a small business is structured, such as a sole proprietor, corporation, partnership, limited liability company or a tax-exempt organization. Taxpayers needing more time to determine eligibility should consider obtaining an automatic tax-filing extension. Businesses that have already filed and later find that they qualified in 2010 or 2011 can still claim the credit by filing an amended return.
Additional information about eligibility requirements and figuring the credit can be found on IRS.gov or by contacting your Marcum Tax Professional.