For tax years 2010 to 2013, the maximum credit for eligible small business employers under the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit is 35 percent of premiums paid and for eligible tax-exempt employers the maximum credit is 25 percent of premiums paid. Beginning in 2014, the maximum credit will go up to 50 percent of qualifying premiums paid by eligible small business employers and 35 percent of qualifying premiums paid by eligible tax-exempt organizations.
Start by determining if your organization qualifies for the credit by assessing whether it has less than 25 full-time equivalent employees that earn an average wage of less than $50,000 a year and your organization pays at least half of employee health insurance premiums. If your organization meets this criteria it is referred to as a “qualifying business.” Next use IRS Form 8941 Credit for Small Employer Health Insurance Premiums. Last use IRS Form 3800, General Business Credit, to claim the credit.
Tax-exempt organizations can use IRS Form 8941 to calculate the credit and then claim the credit on IRS Form 990-T, Exempt Organization Business Income Tax Return.
If your organization couldn’t use the credit in 2011 there may be eligible to claim it in future years. Eligible small employers can claim the credit for 2010 through 2013 and for two additional years beginning in 2014.