In many states, the subsidies are limited to the full cost of insurance.
But some states are allowing people to take a tax deduction for some of their premiums, so long as they don’t get paid back for their share.
In California, a special provision allows employers to deduct up to 30% of their employees’ premiums.
And in Massachusetts, the state’s insurance commissioner recently proposed that employees pay an additional 10% of any employee’s premium for insurance coverage.
The proposal could affect the cost of some employer-provided coverage, which could mean lower premiums for many people, said Dan Gertz, senior economist with the Kaiser Family Foundation.
“The impact on the economy is huge,” he said.
“This is a huge tax break to employers.”
That’s one of the big takeaways from the recent surge in state tax credits for employers.
The state has also expanded Medicaid, a federal-state program that provides health care for low-income people.
The Affordable Care Act, the Affordable Care Acts signature domestic policy, also increased tax credits in a number of states, and in 2018, the Congressional Budget Office estimated that states could receive more than $5 billion in additional tax revenue.
So while some states have allowed the tax deductions, some have restricted them or allowed them to expire.
In Arizona, the limits on tax deductions are limited by state law, which prevents employers from claiming a tax credit for health insurance for workers who are in the state.
And even some states, like Michigan, which was one of five states to expand Medicaid under the ACA, are limiting the deductions to cover employees.
And the state of Indiana has set up a tax-credit fund that is used to help low- and moderate-income families pay for health coverage.
But the tax credit could be limited, and could even run out if the state is in a recession, said Doug Weidmann, an economist with Tax Analysts, a tax consulting firm.
That could make the tax break less valuable for employers in a time of economic hardship, he said, especially since many people would not qualify for the credit.
The health care law and other federal tax provisions have created an incentive for employers to reduce costs.
For example, the tax credits that employees get to take home can sometimes be worth hundreds of dollars, Weidman said.
But for many workers, it could be worth less, he added.
The tax credits can help low and moderate income families, who would otherwise have no insurance coverage, to pay for their health care, Weidsman said, “but there are also families who are very poor who would be really, really upset if their kids are going to have to buy insurance.”
The state’s health care subsidies are helping some workers.
In 2015, the unemployment insurance tax credit was limited to $2,000 for each person, and that is what the state has been allowing employers to take away.
“We believe that’s one way to make sure that workers are not being pushed into the arms of health insurance companies,” Weidson said.
In addition to the tax incentives, employers also have a number to consider when determining how much they can deduct for their employees.
The federal tax credit only applies to employees of businesses that pay the full price of health care.
So if an employer has $10 million in profits and is willing to pay $1 million for the workers, the employee can deduct that amount for his or her own health care costs.
If the employee pays the full $1,000, then the employer can deduct $100.
If they have $10,000 in profits but the employer doesn’t pay anything, then they have to pay a $500 deductible.
So employers can choose between two options.
Either they can let employees deduct $1 per $100 or $100 per $1.
“You can take $1 out of your total and deduct that from your employee’s income and deduct the difference from the employee’s tax bill,” Weidsmann said.
And for people who qualify, employers can deduct up, to a maximum of $1 for each employee, for each year of coverage.