Some of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act, or health care law, apply only to small employers, generally those with fewer than 50 full-time employees or equivalents.
If you have fewer than 50 employees, but are a member of an ownership group with 50 or more full-time equivalent employees, you are subject to the rules for large employers.
- Beginning Oct. 1, 2013, if you have 50 or fewer employees, you can purchase affordable insurance through the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP).
- To learn more about how the Affordable Care Act may affect your business, visit HealthCare.gov.
- Effective for calendar year 2015, if you provide self-insured health coverage to your employees, you must file an annual return reporting certain information for each employee you cover. This rule is optional for 2014. Learn more.
- Beginning Jan. 1, 2013, you must withhold and report an additional 0.9 percent on employee wages or compensation that exceed $200,000. Learn more.
- You may be required to report the value of the health insurance coverage you provided to each employee on his or her Form W-2.
Payments & Credits
- You may be eligible for the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit if you cover at least 50 percent of your full-time employee’s premium costs and you have fewer than 25 full-time equivalent employees with average annual wages of less than $50,000.
- If you self-insure, you may be required to pay a fee to help fund the Patient- Centered Outcomes Research Trust Fund.
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