Submitted By: James
Answered: March 4, 2014 8:30 am

My W-2 shows employer-paid health insurance. Do I report this as income?

No. The value of employer-paid health insurance for an employee, spouse, and dependent is a tax-free fringe benefit. However, under the Affordable Care Act, employers (other than small employers currently exempt from this obligation) must report health insurance on W-2s. Presumably, this information is being used by the government for rules in the future; there is no current or future rule on the books that taxes this fringe benefit.

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Tax Glossary

High deductible health plan (HDHP)

For 2007, a high deductible health plan is a health plan with an annual deductible that is not less than $1,100 for self-only coverage or $2,200 for family coverage, and with annual out-of-pocket expenses that do not exceed $5,600 or $11,200, respectively.

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