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<!–:en–>IRS, HHS HIGHLIGHT DEADLINES TO CLAIM HEALTH CARE CREDIT<!–:–>

September 20, 2011

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Health and Human Services Department (HHS) on September 7th reminded business owners of upcoming filing dates to take advantage of the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit.

In a news release (IR-2011-90), the IRS highlighted two important deadlines – Sept. 15 and Oct. 17 – for businesses claiming the credit.

“As the filing deadlines approach, we want to make sure that small business owners don’t leave any money on the table,” said IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman in the release. “Small businesses that offer health insurance should learn about this credit and claim it if they are eligible.”

The credit was included in the Patient Protection and Afforable Care Act to help small businesses and tax-exempt organizations with fewer than 25 employees with average incomes of less than $50,000 and that pay at least half of the premiums for employee health insurance coverage under a qualifying arrangement.

Corporations that file on a calendar year basis and requested an extension should calculate the small employer health care credit on Form 8941 and claim it as part of the general business credit on Form 3800 as part of their corporate income tax return by Sept. 15

Sole proprietors who file Form 1040 and partners and S-corporation shareholders reporting their income on Form 1040 should file by Oct. 17.

The IRS will also launch a new out-reach campaign that focuses on working with partners in the tax software industry, insurance agents and the small business and tax practioner community. 09-13-2011. Bureau of National Affairs, Bulletin to Management, Vol 62, No. 37.