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Thursday, June 19, 2014

EMPLOYER REIMBURSEMENTS FOR HEALTH INSURANCE POLICY PREMIUMS–CARE NEEDED

Employers who reimburse employees on a pre-tax basis for premiums the employees pay on their own individual health insurance policies (whether under an Obamacare Exchange or otherwise) are at risk for a $100 per day per employee excise tax. This is according to a recent IRS Q&A.

There are those that assert such arrangements can be structured through Code §125 to avoid the excise tax.

Employers should tread carefully in this area.

IRA Q&A; See also Notice 2013-54

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