What is a Shop plan?
The maximum tax credit available is 50 percent of premium expenses as a for-profit employer. The maximum credit for tax-exempt employers is 35 percent. This credit applies to two consecutive tax years. Small businesses must purchase health insurance through SHOP to be eligible for the tax credits offered.
Your tax credit will depend on a number of factors such as:
Number of employees: The business must have less than 25 full-time equivalent employees (FTEs). Owners and immediate family members of the owner are not counted as employees when calculating the tax credit.
Average wage of employees: The employees must have an average annual wage of less than $56,000 per year. This limit has been adjusted for inflation since 2014.
Employer-paid premiums: The employer must contribute at least 50 percent of the cost of insurance coverage for each employee.
*Not all businesses will qualify. To verify that your small business is eligible for a federal tax credit, please consult with us. The credit only applies for two consecutive tax years based on premiums paid for employees.
**Federal tax credit income limits are adjusted annually as updated IRS publications for the prior tax year become available in the first quarter of the proceeding calendar year. For example, the 2020 tax income limit will not become available until early 2021. Please refer to Form 8941: Credit for Small Employer Health Insurance Premiums for the most current information.