Created on April 25, 2014
This post originally appeared on HealthCare.gov.
When you buy health coverage for your employees through the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Marketplace, you may qualify for a tax credit worth up to 50% of your premium contributions.
Our new SHOP Tax Credit Estimator  can tell you what that credit might be worth to your business.
Here are some key things you should know about the tax credit and applying for SHOP:
Employers with fewer than 25 full-time equivalent employees may be eligible for the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit , worth up to 50% of employer premiums contributions, if their employees make an average of $50,000 a year or less.
The tax credit will be available to eligible employers for two consecutive taxable years.
The tax credit may be available to eligible tax-exempt employers who could receive up to 35% of employer premium contributions, and can access the credit as a refund.
Generally, the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit is available for eligible employers purchasing SHOP health plans.
To enroll in a SHOP plan in most states, you’ll use an agent, broker, or insurance company. You’ll also need to complete a SHOP eligibility application.
Visit IRS.gov for the most up to date information and guidance on claiming this tax credit .
Even if you’re a small employer who does not qualify for a small business tax credit, you may still purchase coverage through SHOP.
SHOP is open to employers with 50 or fewer full-time-equivalent employees (FTEs) and enrollment is open year- round.
A new SHOP Full-Time Equivalent Calculator  can help you find out if your business meets the definition of a small business for SHOP based on the number of employees. If your state runs its own SHOP, visit your state Marketplace for information on how to calculate FTEs.
Choose your state  and we’ll help you get started.
If you have questions about the SHOP Marketplace call 1-800-706-7893 (TTY: 1-800-706-7915), Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET.