Snap Fact #224 - ObamaCare Offers Positive Changes For Small Employers!

Post date: Jun 21, 2012 1:25:50 AM

Snap Fact #224

ObamaCare Offers Positive Changes For Small Employers!

Personal testimony: “I found out I’m eligible for a 35% tax credit for the premiums I pay for my employees, which makes it easier to keep offering coverage.” - Ed, owner of Franklin Fitness Center in Franklin, N.C., who provides insurance to his employees but has struggled with annual rate increases.

New reporting requirements

How it works:

• To help pay for health reform, new rules increase tax compliance by requiring businesses to report to the IRS payments for goods and services in excess of $600.

The fine print:

• This tax change is often referred to by the name of the form typically used to report these payments, Form 1099.

• Pending legislation seeks to repeal or alter this provision. It’s estimated that full repeal would result in approximately $19 billion in lost revenue between 2012 and 2022.

Small-business tax credits 

How it works:

• Employers can receive a tax credit for up to 35% of what they spend on coverage for employees (25% for nonprofits). On Jan. 1, 2014, this tax credit increases to 50% (35% for nonprofits).

• Businesses must have fewer than 25 full-time workers, pay average salaries under $50,000, and cover at least 50% of the employees’ premiums.

The fine print:

• Premiums for small-business owners and their families do not qualify for the tax credit.

• Tax credits vary; check out details at