Massachusetts Application Process for 2014 Wellness Tax Credit Is Delayed

January 31, 2014 at 11:59 am | Posted in Compliance, Department of Public Health, DPH, Health Care, State Laws | Leave a comment
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The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has announced that (a) the application a wellness tax credit for tax year 2013 is closed; and (b) the deadline for the wellness tax credit in 2014 will be December 31, 2014.  The state’s application system, however, is currently under revision and will be online again in the Spring.

Massachusetts Wellness Tax Credit Application Process Likely Delayed Until April 1, 2013

January 18, 2013 at 10:42 am | Posted in Department of Public Health, DPH, Regulations, State Laws, Wellness | Leave a comment
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The Protector Group has had several communications with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) this week about the mechanics of applying for the $10,000 wellness tax credit. As we stated in an earlier ALERT, the pool of available credit is fixed on an annual basis, underscoring the need for employers to apply as soon as possible if they want to secure the best chance of application approval.

Here is what we have learned in the past couple of days:

  1. DPH has prepared a draft application and guidance, which can be found at this link:  http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/consumer/wellness/health-promotion/. DPH’s desire is that all applications will be submitted through an on-line application process that has yet to be created.
  2. The likely “kick off” date for submitting applications will be April 1, 2014, although there is an outside chance it could happen as early as March 1, 2013.
  3. Once the application process starts, DPH will accept applications through December 31, 2013 for the 2013 calendar year process.

We will keep you updated and issue a new ALERT once the wellness tax credit regulations and application process are finalized.

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