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Health Care Reform: New IRS Guidance on W-2 Reporting of Health Care Coverage

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The federal health care reform law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, requires employers to report the cost of employer-sponsored health coverage on employees’ W-2 forms. The IRS recently released additional information on this requirement: Notice 2011-28, available at http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/n-11-28.pdf.

This article summarizes the additional information, including the effective date, how to calculate the cost of coverage, which benefits (e.g., vision and dental) to include in the calculation, and certain exceptions. The cost of health coverage is reported in Box 12 of the W-2 form, under code DD.


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Lennon, Erin

Stoel Rives LLP

Law, Benefits

May 12, 2011

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