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Small Business Health Care Tax Credit for 2013: Know Before you File

The small business health care tax credit was included in the Affordable Care Act enacted in 2010. Under the ACA, eligible small employers can claim the credit for 2010 through 2013 and for two additional years beginning in 2014. For 2010 through 2013, the maximum credit is 35 percent of premiums paid by eligible small businesses and 25 percent of premiums paid by eligible tax-exempt organizations. In 2014, the maximum credit rate rises to 50 percent for small businesses and 35 percent for tax-exempt organizations.

Small employers that pay at least 50% of the premiums for employee health insurance coverage under a qualifying arrangement may be eligible for this credit.

To learn more about the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit and view tips about other ACA topics, visit the Health Care Tax Tip page . Newly added tips include:

Learn more about the IRS Small Business Tax Credit, visit the IRS Health Care Tax Tip page.

Beating the H1-b Visa Cap – Winning Strategies for U.S. Employers

Although it is probably the most popular work visa, U.S. Immigration regulations only allocate only 65,000 H-1b visas, with an additional 20,000 to advanced degree professionals who graduate from U.S. colleges each year. The visas are doled out on the first of the fiscal year, which is October 1st. The earliest you can apply for a visa is six months before its start date.


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The H-1b is for professionals. It is the visa for jobs that require college degrees. It comprises of techies, lawyers, doctors, accountants and most management level positions. The positions must pay the prevailing wage.


The process for submitting  an H1-b application can be very daunting to employers. To make this process easier, you can take Ascentis’ free (submitted for RCH credit) 60-minute webinar titled Beating the H1-b Visa Cap – Winning Strategies for U.S. Employers.  This live presentation will take place on March 6, 2014 at 10am PST, and will be given by expert immigration attorney, Jon Velie. This free webinar has been submitted to HRCI and the APA for one (1.0) general RCH credit. This class will be recorded and available on-demand starting March 7, 2014.


Jon Velie is an attorney who practices immigration and corporate law and is President of the Velie Law Firm. Jon is licensed in six federal jurisdictions including the US Supreme Court as well as seven other jurisdictions in the United States. Velie Law Firm has been honored by the American Bar Association and labeled as an innovator in the legal industry. Velie Law Firm has assisted individuals and companies from around the world obtain visas in virtually every state in the USA. 

Make HR Less about Paper and More about People

Are you spending more time with paper than you do with your biggest asset – your people?


During tax time many employees come to payroll and HR asking for copies of previous years tax documents, payroll stubs, and many more types of documentation. Wouldn’t it be so much easier if your company had a secure online portal where employees could access their personal data and documents, even from home, whenever they wanted to?


Ascentis can help you give them that.


Employee Self-Service (ESS) automates traditional processes like direct deposit changes and open enrollment by placing the data maintenance burden on employees. This results in more time for HR staff to focus on the strategic needs of your company like recruiting, training, and retaining the best employees.


Ascentis mobile delivery makes it easier for companies to increase HR technology adoption rates in their workforce and utilize powerful functionality no matter where they are. Ascentis’ touch-optimized mobile Web environment allows employees to manage and request time-off, access their company directory, and take action on workflow tasks through their mobile devices.


Get your own personalized demo of how Ascentis can help you boost productivity, cut costs, make employee communication and data retrieval incredibly easy and convenient, and access insightful analytics. All in one place.