Tax Tip: The Small Business Health Care Tax Credit

In an effort to extend health care benefits to more people, the IRS introduced the small business healthcare tax credit. This credit may benefit employers that have fewer than 25 full-time equivalent employees, offer a qualified health plan through a Small Business Health Options Program Marketplace, and pay at least 50% of the cost of the employee-only health care coverage. There may also be some average wage requirements.

The maximum credit covers:

  • 50% of premiums paid for small business employers
  • 35% of premiums paid for small tax-exempt employers

The credit may also be available for two consecutive taxable years.

* This information is not intended to be a substitute for specific, individualized tax advice. We suggest that you discuss your specific tax issues with a qualified tax professional.

Tip adapted from IRS.gov5

Footnotes and Sources

  1., July 30, 2021