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Deadline to Claim Small Business Health Care Tax Credit is March 15

March 14, 2012

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Deadline to Claim Small Business Health Care Tax Credit is March 15
Small businesses can use the Health Law Guide for Business website to learn if they will qualify

Sacramento, Calif. – The Health Law Guide for Business (The Guide), a resource for California’s business community to access accurate and easy to understand information about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, reminds employers that March 15 is the deadline to claim the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit available under the law. Information about eligibility requirements and calculating the credit is located on The Guide’s tax credit section:

“Employers should take a few minutes to check the website to see if they qualify for the available tax credit,“ said Priscilla Lopez, state chair of the California Small Businesses Development Centers (SBDC) and the regional director of the Orange County and Inland Empire Regional SBDC Network . “The Guide was created to help employers understand the business-specific provisions of the health care law – like tax credits – since most employers are unfamiliar with the law or what it means to their business.”

The tax credit is specifically designed to encourage small businesses and small tax-exempt organizations that primarily employ moderate and lower-income workers to either maintain existing coverage or offer health insurance to their employees for the first time.

How to claim the tax credit: 

The Small Business Health Care Tax Credit took effect immediately after the 2010 passage of the ACA. Small businesses can now claim the credit on their 2011 income tax return. Small employers can claim the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit as part of the general business credit now. Small businesses can calculate the credit with the new IRS Form 8941, Credit for Small Employer Health Insurance Premiums, and tax exempt employers can calculate the refund with Form 990-T, Exempt Organization Business Income Tax Return. Both are available at

Businesses that have already filed a tax return and later determine they are eligible for the credit can file an amended 2010 or 2011 tax return.

For more information on the tax credit and other benefits available under the health care law visit

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About Health Law Guide for Business:
Health Law Guide for Business (The Guide) – established by the Bay Area Council, California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce, California Small Business Development Center, Pacific Business Group on Health, Silicon Valley Leadership Group, Small Business Majority, Small Business California, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and The California Endowment – is a first-of-its kind website devoted to informing California’s business community about business-specific provisions of the health care law. As an information hub for California businesses, the media and employees, The Guide provides accurate information on the health care law that’s most important for employers to run and operate their businesses. Learn more by visiting:

About The California Endowment

The California Endowment, a private, statewide health foundation, was established in 1996 to expand access to affordable, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities, and to promote fundamental improvements in the health status of all Californians. Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, The Endowment has regional offices in Sacramento, Oakland, Fresno and San Diego, with program staff working throughout the state. The Endowment challenges the conventional wisdom that medical settings and individual choices are solely responsible for people’s health. The Endowment believes that health happens in neighborhoods, schools, and with prevention. For more information, visit The Endowment’s homepage at