IRS Issues Guidance on Eligibility for Small Firm Health Care Credit

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IRS provides comprehensive guidance (Notice 2010-44) on a small-employer tax credit included in recently enacted health care reform legislation, clarifying that the federal credit will never be reduced because an employer is receiving a state health care subsidy. Notice 2010-44 addresses four primary issues taxpayers raised about the small business health care tax credit: the effect of state subsidies on the federal credit; how add-on insurance is treated; how to calculate the hours worked by employees; and transition issues small businesses may face. The Section 45R tax credit is designed to encourage small employers to offer first-time health coverage or to maintain coverage, the service says in an accompanying news release.