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In 2010, the President signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which includes special federal tax credits for small businesses offering health insurance, dental insurance or vision insurance to employees. The credit is only available for tax years 2010-2013 and is designed to make health insurance benefits more affordable for small business owners before health reform is fully implemented in 2014.
The federal tax credit will reimburse qualifying small businesses for up to 35% of the premiums they pay towards employee medical, vision and dental insurance. Tax-exempt organizations may qualify for a tax credit of up to 25%. To qualify for the full credit, the following criteria must be met:
Small businesses with fewer than 10 full-time employees that pay average annual wages of $25,000 or less may qualify for the full credit. The amount of the credit is reduced for companies with more full-time workers and higher wages, until it is phased out entirely for those with 25 or more full-time workers and average annual wages over $50,000.
Because eligibility rules are based in part on the number of full-time employees, not the total number of all employees, businesses that use part-time help may qualify even if they employ more than 25 individuals.
California small business owners can also refer to the following resources about owning and operating a small business in California:California Small Business Guide
Information about starting and managing a business in CaliforniaCalifornia Franchise Tax Board
Department responsible for income taxes for California for individuals and small businesses