Reform Update Bulletin
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TO: ALL GROUP HEALTH CLIENTS
FROM: GREENBERG & ASSOCIATES INSURANCE
DATE: FEBRUARY 1, 2011
RE: W-2 REPORTING REQUIREMENTS DEFERRED
Please be advised of the following IRS Notice 2010-69 which has deferred the required implementation of W-2 reporting for the cost of health insurance coverage. We had previously been notified that this would be required for calendar year 2011. The following notice indicates the IRS will issue further guidance pertaining to this required reporting by the end of the year. Please let us know if you have any questions about the following IRS Notice.
Interim Relief with Respect to Form W-2 Reporting of the Cost of Coverage of Group Health Insurance Under § 6051(a)(14)
This notice provides interim relief to employers with respect to reporting the cost of coverage under an employer-sponsored group health plan on FormW-2, Wage and Tax Statement, pursuant to § 6051(a)(14) of the Code. Specifically, this notice provides that reporting the cost of such coverage will not be mandatory for 2011 Forms W-2. The Treasury Department and the IRS have determined that this relief is appropriate to provide employers with additional time to make any necessary changes to their payroll systems or procedures in preparation for compliance with the reporting requirement.
Section 6051(a)(14) was added to the Code by § 9002 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, Public Law 111-148, enacted March 23, 2010. Section 6051(a)(14) provides generally that the aggregate cost of applicable employer-sponsored coverage (as defined in § 4980I(d)(1)) must be reported on Form W-2. Section 6051(a)(14) further provides that, for this purpose, the aggregate cost is to be determined under rules similar to the rules of § 4980B(f)(4), referring to the definition of the “applicable premium” under the rules providing for COBRA continuation coverage. Section 6051(a)(14) is effective for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2011.
Pursuant to this notice, the reporting requirement set forth in § 6051(a)(14) is not mandatory for 2011 Forms W-2. Accordingly, an employer will not be treated as failing to meet the requirements of § 6051 for 2011, and will not be subject to any penalties for failure to meet such requirements, merely because it does not report the aggregate cost of employer-sponsored coverage (as defined in § 4980I(d)(1)) on 2011 Forms W-2. The Treasury Department and the IRS anticipate issuing guidance on the reporting requirement set forth in § 6051(a)(14) before the end of this year.
The principal author of this notice is Leslie Paul of the Office of Division Counsel/Associate Chief Counsel (Tax Exempt and Government Entities) though other Treasury Department and IRS officials participated in its development. For further information on the provisions of this notice, contact Leslie Paul at (202) 622-6080 (not a toll-free number).
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