What is a Self-Employed Health Insurance Deduction?

Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum

The self-employed health insurance deduction refers to a tax deduction that people who work for themselves are often eligible to claim. While the criteria varies from one jurisdiction to another, it often possible to claim all or at least a significant part of the premiums paid for self-employed health insurance during the tax period. Because there is always the chance of eligibility for claiming the deduction to change over time, it is important for anyone wishing to claim this type of tax deduction to confirm that he or she is still eligible under current laws.

Health insurance.
Health insurance.

In the United States, the ability to claim a self-employed health insurance deduction depends on the type of business incorporation that has taken place. The amount of income generated by the business, as well as any contributions made into a retirement program will impact the amount of the deduction. In addition, businesses that are set up under certain classifications must generate a net profit in order to make it possible to claim the deduction.

A health insurance claim form.
A health insurance claim form.

The ability to participate in a group health insurance plan extended to a spouse can also make a difference in whether or not it is possible to claim a self-employed health insurance deduction. For example, if an individual paid for a full calendar year of a personal health plan, but became eligible to participate in the spouse’s group plan in September, it would not be possible to claim the entire year’s worth of premiums. Instead, it would only be possible to claim the premiums paid between January and August of the calendar year.

Since it is not always possible to claim the full amount of premiums paid for this type of health insurance, many people make it a point to find the most affordable self-employed health insurance coverage possible. As more people begin to establish their own home businesses, providers that never offered personal coverage in the past are now making a wider range of health plans available to the general public. However, many of the plans do not offer automatic enrollment, which is usually the case with group plans offered through an employer. This means not everyone who for health insurance for the self-employed will be able to secure the coverage at any price.

Other countries have different regulations that apply to a self-employed health insurance deduction. In some cases, the full premium paid during the tax period is deductible whether the business generated a profit or not. Other countries do not allow the deduction of the premium at all, only allowing the individual to claim a deduction on any medical services not covered under the terms of the insurance policy. Because there is no one way that different jurisdictions approach the matter of a self-employed health insurance deduction, it is crucial to understand current laws before filing a tax return.

Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum

After many years in the teleconferencing industry, Michael decided to embrace his passion for trivia, research, and writing by becoming a full-time freelance writer. Since then, he has contributed articles to a variety of print and online publications, including wiseGEEK, and his work has also appeared in poetry collections, devotional anthologies, and several newspapers. Malcolm’s other interests include collecting vinyl records, minor league baseball, and cycling.

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