H&W: Small Employer Health Care Tax Credit

151568735 croppedSmall Employer Health Care Tax CreditSmall Employer Health Care Tax Credit: The IRS recently released Form 8941 for the 2012 tax year, which is used by eligible small employers to calculate their health care premium tax credit.

Eligible Small Employer

To be eligible for the tax credit, a small employer must meet three requirements:

  1. It paid premiums for employee health insurance coverage under a qualifying arrangement.  A qualifying arrangement is generally an arrangement that requires you to pay a uniform percentage (not less than 50%) of the premium cost for each enrolled employee’s health insurance coverage. However, an arrangement that requires you to pay a uniform premium for each enrolled employee (composite billing) and offers different tiers of coverage; or, an arrangement that requires you to pay a separate premium for each employee based on age or other factors (list billing) can be a qualifying arrangement even if it requires you to pay a uniform percentage that is less than 50% of the premium.
  2. It had fewer than 25 full-time equivalent employees (FTEs) for the tax year. Because certain employees are excluded from this count, an employer may be able to meet this requirement even if it had 25 or more employees.
  3. It paid average annual wages for the tax year of less than $50,000 per FTE.

The maximum credit is a percentage of premiums the employer paid during the tax year for certain health insurance coverage the employer provided to certain employees. But the credit may be reduced by imitations based on the employer’s full-time equivalent employees, average annual wages, state average premiums, and state premium subsidies and tax credits.

For more information, see the Instructions for Form 8941 and Form 8941.

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