Besides offering access to affordable health services, group coverage also helps businesses in ways relating to employee retention and tax benefits. Below, we outline the main ways that purchasing a group policy can benefit you, your business and your employees.
People who have health coverage are in a better position to obtain medical care, including preventive services that may help avoid more serious health problems down the road. Having health coverage encourages people to actively maintain their health and improves their access to services that may otherwise be unaffordable.
Generally speaking, any expenses an employer incurs related to health insurance (for employees or for dependents) are 100% tax-deductible as ordinary business expenses, on both state and federal income taxes. Beyond this general rule, taxes get a bit more complicated. It is possible to set things up so that your employees save tax money. With just a little paperwork on your part, an employee can contribute to the cost of health insurance on a pre-tax basis. That means you deduct the cost of the premium from the employee’s paycheck before state and federal taxes are calculated and deducted. This increases the employee’s take-home pay and lowers the amount of the employee’s taxable income.
Employers should also be aware that the Affordable Care Act offers small businesses healthcare tax credits to help offset the cost of insurance.
The small business healthcare tax credits have been available since the 2010 tax year. To qualify for a tax credit of up to 35% of premium costs now and 50% in 2014, small business owners must pay at least half of employees’ healthcare premiums and have 25 or fewer full-time equivalent employees who earn an average of $50,000 or less per year.
Businesses that offer group medical coverage report there are several advantages to doing so. Having group medical coverage may:
This information comes from:Healthcoverageguide.org