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Will Healthcare Reform Affect Your Business?


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No getting around it. People are passionately divided on the issue. And if you’re a business owner, large or small, it will probably have some affect on you. I read a good article at Manta today about it and was somewhat relieved it wouldn’t go into effect until 2014. A couple of key things I learned: 

Requirement to provide health care coverage:  While employers won't technically be required to provide health care coverage, organizations with 50 or more employees that don't offer health care coverage will be subject to a tax penalty of $2,000 per employee. 

Small business provisions: The PPACA (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ) will require the creation of state-operated exchanges that would permit self-employed workers, small businesses and people without health care coverage to shop for coverage. By 2014, states are to set up Small Business Health Options Programs, or "SHOP Exchanges," which will allow small businesses to create pools to buy health care plans. Small businesses are those with up to 100 employees.

Tax Credit Helps Small Employers Provide Health Insurance Coverage: In general, the credit is available to small employers that pay at least half the cost of single coverage for their employees. The maximum credit is 35% of premiums paid in 2010 by eligible small business employers and 25% of premiums paid by eligible employers that are tax-exempt organizations. In 2014, this maximum credit increases to 50% of premiums paid by eligible small business employers and 35% of premiums paid by eligible employers that are tax-exempt organizations. 

While there is much more to the PPACA than the few provisions I mention above, it’s definitely something to think about in the (quickly passing) years between now and 2014. How will you (and I) react today to ensure we can adapt to the new rules? How will we streamline our business processes, our payroll, and our reporting to ensure we save dollars today – and tomorrow? I don’t know about you but I don’t want to be one of those businesses making decisions in haste and regretting the fact that I’m in a desperate situation. Today’s accounting and financial management software, Microsoft Dynamics GP, can help you prepare your business to take ADVANTAGE of business changes. It’s that tried-and-true business principle of being proactive as opposed to reactive

Visit the website to download your complimentary copy of How to Budget the Cost of ERP Software Implementation Services.  And if you’re looking for specific Microsoft Dynamics GP or CRM information, you can also check out the other resources on the Sherwood Systems website.  If you’re located in the Arizona or New Mexico area, contact Sherwood Systems for assistance in determining if a technology solution can help your organization better serve your business needs. (877) 943-9696

Ed Bonaski, Sherwood Systems an Arizona Microsoft Dynamics GP Partner

6 Responses to “Will Healthcare Reform Affect Your Business?”

  1. This was very useful. To be frank I was not aware of health care coverage plans that employers provide is compulsory. Thanks for the information.

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  3. I miss reading posts that are so useful, its tough to locate them anymore these days with so many copy cats!.

  4. With this blog post you have help me to find the facts which I need to get more information. Thanks for that!

  5. It’s absolutely necessary that you start your tax return by going through IRS’s Free File website. If you go to a company’s website directly, your tax return might not qualify for the Free File Program and therefore you might be charged a fee for preparation and electronic filing.

  6. That depends on how complicated your return is. If your income is just from wages, and you don’t have your own business or own rental property or something like that, you’d probably be OK online.