Health Entity-Related Tax Credits

Some Unique Tax Basics for the Industry

By Edwin P. Morrow; III, JD, LLM

Staff Writers

In addition to the usual business deductions, medical professionals and those in healthcare should be aware of certain unique investment related tax credits. Much like personal credits, most of these credits are non-refundable, but may be allowed as carry forwards to the next year, or carry backs to prior years. 

Welfare to Work Credit

This credit is for medical employers who hire long-term family assistance recipients. It may be for up to 35% credit on applicable first year wages and 50% credit on second year wages. [See Form 8861] “Welfare to Work Credit”, for more details

Increased Research Expenditures Credit

This credit is applicable to health entity owners and startups. Research expenditures eligible for this credit must be to discover information that is technological in nature and intended for development of a new or improved business component. The research must relate to new or improved function, performance, reliability or quality. [See IRS Form 6765] “Credit for Increasing Research Activities”, for more details 

Disabled Access Credit

This credit is for eligible small medical and health entities that make a business accessible to disabled people. The credit may be 50% of qualifying expenditures. To be eligible, a small business must have gross receipts of $1 million or less, or have had no more than 30 employees during the preceding tax year. Eligible expenditures may include physical changes to the building, changes to the communication system, providing interpreters, acquiring or modifying equipment, or other accommodations for disabled access. [See Form 8826] “Disabled Access Credit”, for more details.

Empowerment Zone Employment Credit

This credit is to encourage employment in “empowerment zones” established by the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Secretary of Agriculture. [See Form 8844] “Empowerment Zone Employment Credit”, for more details.

Indian Employment Credit

A credit of up to 20% of applicable in wages and health insurance benefits paid to qualified health employees who are enrolled members of an Indian tribe or their spouses.  Substantially all of the services performed must be within an Indian reservation and the employee must live on or near the reservation [See Form 8845] “Indian Employment Credit”, for more detail

Orphan Drug Credit

This credit is for qualified clinical drug testing expenses.  This credit may be for up to 50% of expenses incurred [See Form 8820] “Orphan Drug Credit”, for more details.


What credits did we miss; please advise?


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