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Did you know that as a small business owner with fewer than 25 employees you may be eligible to receive a tax credit? This is only of course if you qualify to offer your employees health coverage through the Small Business Health Options Program, also known as SHOP.

The Small Business Health Care Tax Credit is typically awarded to small businesses whose full time employees make an average of $50,000 or less annually. In order to qualify, you must be willing to pay at least 50% of the premium costs of your full time employee’s health care. You will not be required to offer health coverage to your part time employees or to the dependents of your full time employees. If you have fewer than 10 employees, expect to receive the ultimate benefits. The smaller your business, the larger tax credit you can expect to receive.

Employers abiding by the SHOP qualifications can receive up to 50% of their contribution towards employees’ premium costs. As a tax-exempt employer, you can receive up to 35 percent of your contribution towards employees’ premium costs in tax credits. Remember, this tax credit is only available for those employers who have provided their employees’ health coverage through the SHOP Marketplace.

How to Qualify for the Benefits of the Small Business Health Tax Credit:

  • You must have 50 or fewer full time employees in order to offer health coverage through the SHOP Marketplace.
  • As a SHOP member, you must offer health coverage to each full time employee.
  • In order to qualify, about 70% of your employees must enroll in your SHOP plan.
  • You will need to be relatively close to a SHOP service area in order to take advantage of this program.

Bernardini & Donovan Insurance Services strives to provide Redlands, California residents with excellent insurance services custom tailored to meet your unique needs. Contact us today and allow us customize a unique health insurance package for your family based on your needs.

 

With all the confusion surrounding the implications of the Affordable Care Act, it is imperative that you utilize all the available options as a business owner. The Small Business Health Options Program has been put in place to guide small businesses through the process of offering health coverage to their employees.

As a small business owner with 50 or fewer full-time employees, you are given the opportunity to take advantage of the Small Business Health Options Program Marketplace, also known as SHOP. If you are a small business owner with less than 25 employees, you may be eligible to receive tax credits when purchasing health coverage for your employees through the Small Business Health Options Program.

Benefits of The Small Business Health Options Program, Include:

  • You are in control of what coverage you offer your employees and how much you pay toward employee premiums.
  • Your business’ needs and your employees’ needs can be met by choosing between 4 different levels of coverage.
  • You can choose to begin coverage at any time. As long as you enroll by the 15th of the month, coverage will begin on the 1st of the following month.
  • As previously mentioned, as a small business with fewer than 25 employees, you may be eligible to receive a tax credit.

Qualifying Terms for The Small Business Health Options Program, Include:

  • Any business with 50 or less full time employees may be qualified to offer employees coverage through SHOP.
  • If you are interested in using SHOP, you must offer coverage to every single one of your full time employees.
  • If you are looking to use SHOP, you may be required to have a large majority your employees enroll in your SHOP plan. This percentage is typically around 70 percent.
  • You must be within the boundaries of a SHOP service area to utilize the service.

Bernardini & Donovan Insurance Services strives to provide Redlands, California residents with excellent insurance services custom tailored to meet your unique needs. Contact us today and allow us customize a unique health insurance package for your family based on your needs.

New policies related to healthcare have many small business owners concerned of what is to come in 2014. News reports are tossing around penalty figures of $2000 per person per year. And that is just the start of the penalty scale. Bernardini & Donovan Insurance Services explains what a small business owner needs to know about his or her responsibilities under the Affordable Care Act:

  • Small businesses won’t be penalized. Businesses that employ less than 50 full-time employees will not be held to the employer responsibilities outlined in the Affordable Care Act.
  • However, you can qualify for a tax credit. A small business that pays average yearly wages of less than $50K, has less than 25 full-time employees and offers affordable health insurance could receive incentives in the form of a small business tax credit. Beginning in 2014, this credit could be up to 50 percent and will help offset group health insurance costs.
  • You may have more buying power than you think. According to HealthCare.gov, the average small business pays  18 percent more for group health insurance than a larger company would. Small businesses that employ less than 100 people on average will have access to the Health Insurance Marketplace, reducing costs by giving access to plans seen by larger corporation.

Contact Bernardini & Donovan Insurance Services at 877-251-2447 today for more information on group health insurance for small businesses.

Beginning in 2014, employers may face large penalties if affordable health insurance is not offered to employees. Bernardini & Donovan Insurance Services helps you determine your responsibilities as an employer under the Affordable Care Act.

Which type of group healthcare is considered affordable under terms of the Act?

Affordable care means that less than 9.5 percent of the employee’s gross income goes toward health insurance premium. Additionally, the employer must pay at least 60 percent of the policy premium.

I have a small business; will I face fines if I don’t offer affordable healthcare coverage?

If you have less than 50 full-time employees, you will not have to pay penalties.

I have a company with 50 or more employees, what happens if I don’t offer affordable coverage?

If your company with 50+ employees does not offer affordable coverage, you will face penalties that begin at $2000 multiplied by the total number of employees, minus 30.

Companies that offer group healthcare plans conforming to the terms of affordability under the Act will not face any fines, according to information provided by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

Please contact Bernardini & Donovan Insurance Services at 877-251-2447 for more information about how the Affordable Care Act will affect businesses in  Redlands, CA ,and throughout California.