Health Care Tax Credit Relief for Small Employers – Tax Tip

Tax relief is available for certain small employers who provide health coverage to their employees and wish to claim the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit for 2017 and later years.

To qualify for the credit small employers must provide employees with a qualified health plan from a Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Marketplace and may only claim the credit for two consecutive years.

This tax relief helps employers who first claim the credit for all or part of 2016 or a later taxable year for coverage offered through a SHOP Marketplace, but don’t have SHOP Marketplace plans available to offer to employees for all or part of the remainder of the credit period because the county where the employer is located has no SHOP Marketplace plans.

As such, employers can claim the credit for health insurance coverage provided outside of a SHOP Marketplace for the remainder of the credit period if that coverage would have qualified under the rules that applied before January 1, 2014.

The notice does not affect previous transition relief for the credit that was separately provided for 2014, 2015, and 2016.

If you need help calculating the credit under these circumstances or would like more information on whether a county had or has coverage available through a SHOP Marketplace, please call.