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2 Benefits-Related Tax Credits for Small Businesses

Tax credits reduce your tax liability dollar-for-dollar, making them particularly valuable. Two valuable tax credits for small businesses also offer certain employee benefits. Can you claim one — or both — of them on your 2015 tax return?

Retirement Plan Credit

Small employers (generally those with 100 or fewer employees) that create a retirement plan may be eligible for a $500 credit per year for three years. The credit is limited to 50% of qualified start-up costs.

Of course, you generally can deduct contributions you make to your employees’ accounts under the plan. And your employees enjoy the benefit of tax-advantaged retirement saving.

Small Business Health Care Credit

The maximum credit is 50% of group health coverage premiums paid by the employer, provided it contributes at least 50% of the total premium or of a benchmark premium. For your 2015 taxes, the full credit is available for employers with 10 or fewer full-time equivalent employees (FTEs) and average annual wages of $25,000 or less per employee. Partial credits are available on a sliding scale to businesses with fewer than 25 FTEs and average annual wages of less than $52,000.

To qualify for the credit, online enrollment in the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) generally is required. In addition, the credit can be taken for only two years, and they must be consecutive. (Credits taken before 2014 don’t count, however.)

If you’re not sure whether you’re eligible for these tax credits, Miller Kaplan can help. We can also advise you on what other tax credits you might be eligible for when you file your 2015 tax return. Contact us today for more information.

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