Massachusetts Wellness Tax Credit Incentive Program
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The Massachusetts Wellness Tax Credit Incentive program gives small businesses in Massachusetts a state tax credit for having a certified employee wellness program.

Massachusetts businesses that employ 200 or fewer workers may qualify for a tax credit for up to 25% of the cost of implementing a certified wellness program for their employees. The maximum credit a business can apply for is $10,000 per year.

To receive a Seal of Approval from DPH, your wellness program must also include eight essential components. Download the Wellness Tax Credit Program Guide to review eligibility requirements and the eight components of a wellness program.

Eligibility for the Wellness Tax Credit

Massachusetts businesses are eligible to apply if they meet the following criteria:

  • Employ 200 or fewer employees, the majority of whom work in the Commonwealth.
  • Offer healthcare benefits to employees.
  • Sole proprietorships, professions, trades, businesses, or partnerships are eligible to apply.
  • Businesses must be in compliance with all legal obligations of employers including, but not limited to, those enumerated in Massachusetts General Laws (MGL), chapter 149, and with all applicable labor, licensing, and tax laws (including MGL c. 149, MGL c. 151, MGL c. 151A, MGL c. 152).

How to Apply

To qualify for the Wellness Tax Credit, your wellness program must be certified and receive a Seal of Approval from DPH.

To apply for certification, complete an online application. Applications must be received before 5 PM on December 31, 2016. Please click here to begin the online application: Massachusetts Wellness Tax Credit Certificate Application.

If you make an error on your Wellness Tax Credit application, you are allowed to make corrections and resubmit before the December 31, 2016 application deadline. Corrections will not be accepted after the deadline.

If your wellness program is approved, a Seal of Approval with a Certificate number will be issued. Print out the certificate and submit with your annual tax return.

For More on the Wellness Tax Credit

Wellness Tax Credit Regulations: The Wellness Tax Credit Incentive for small businesses is made possible through Chapter 224 of the Acts of 2012. In April 2013, the Public Health Council approved final regulations for the Wellness Tax Credit: Massachusetts Wellness Tax Credit Regulations

Wellness Tax Credit Summary: DPH tracks utilization of the small business Wellness Tax Credit incentive each year. For a summary of year-by-year performance, please click the link below: Wellness Tax Credit Summary 

Model Wellness Guide: If your wellness program does not qualify or you wish to improve upon your existing wellness program, the Model Wellness Guide has a range of practical options: A Model Wellness Guide

You can also visit the DPH Worksite Wellness page for additional resources and tools to get you started on creating a Worksite Wellness Program.

If you have questions about the Wellness Tax Credit, including questions about certifying your wellness program, please contact

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