Rep. Berman Outlines Good News For Small Businesses On Health Reform Tax Credit

Press Release

By:  Howard Berman
Date: May 17, 2010
Location: Washington, DC

New guidance from the IRS today is good news for the thousands of small businesses in the 28th Congressional district of California which may qualify for significant tax credits under health insurance reform. The Affordable Care Act is providing tax credits, effective beginning in tax year 2010, for millions of American small businesses to help them offer health insurance coverage to their employees -- if they choose to do so.

Today, the IRS announced a number of details of how the tax credit works, including:

* the new tax credit will not be reduced by a state health care tax credit or subsidy (except in limited circumstances to prevent abuse of the credit);
* small businesses can receive the credit not only for traditional health insurance coverage but also for add-on dental, vision, and other limited-scope coverage; and
* a small business can determine whether it is eligible and how large a credit it will receive.

"This is good news for the small businesses in California, which under health reform can get tax credits to cover 35% of the small business's premium costs this year, and 50% beginning in 2014," said Rep. Berman. "These businesses are not required to provide health insurance, but many want to in order to retain and recruit good workers. Today, the IRS made it clear that affordable coverage for small businesses is a top priority, and that we will work hard to make sure reform is working for them."

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