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Tax Credit? What?
You mean they'll give me money back?

Updated on Jul 09, 2018 at 07:06 AM


Tax Credit Processing

PayMaster makes sure that our clients receive all of the tax credits that they deserve. Currently, the Affordable Care Act, the WOTC and the Excess FICA Tip Credit are available to qualified companies. PayMaster is constantly monitoring changes in applicable legislation and regulations to ensure compliance.


Workforce Opportunity Tax Credit

The Welfare To Work (WTW) and Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) are incentives to private, for profit employers to hire individuals from certain targeted groups. These credits can go up to $2,400 per new hire in the first year and as much as $9,000 in the second year.

Our Tax Credit Service helps your company obtain these credits by providing guidance in preparing pre-screening certifications, monitoring of pertinent job applicant information to verify eligibility, and providing post-hiring documentation of hours worked and wages paid to determine the amount of the applicable credit.

PayMaster provides a report of tax credits earned at the end of the year, and includes preparation of annual tax credit forms, including IRS forms 8861 and 5884. Our service is on a contingency basis, so if you do not receive a credit, there is not a charge.


Affordable Care Act (ACA)

If you provide health insurance to your employees and pay more than 50% of the premium, you can qualify for the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit. Up to 35% of the employer paid health insurance premiums can be taken as a tax credit, and by 2014, this credit will go up to 50%. Non–Profit organizations are also eligible for up to 25% credit, increased to 35% in 2014.

The maximum credit is available if your average annual wages are less than $25,000 and you have 10 or less employees. Between $25,000 and $50,000 in annual wages and between 10 and 25 Full Time Equivalent employees the credit gradually phases out.

After the end of each calendar year, PayMaster will provide you with a report indicating your Full Time Equivalent (FTE) employee count and your average annual wage along with any phase out factor, if applicable. These numbers will be used to calculate the credit as determined by the amount of health insurance premium you paid on your employees for the entire year. This credit is taken on your annual federal tax return.


Excess FICA Tip Credit

This credit is woefully underutilized by those in the food and beverage industry, but it shouldn't be. It's a great way to lessen your tax burden. Interested? Our favorite CPA has written a very informative blog about it.

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