Interim Relief for Reporting Cost of Group Healthcare Costs on W-2s

October 15th, 2010

A provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requires employers to report the cost of healthcare coverage paid by the employer on their employees on Form W-2 beginning in tax years on or after January 1, 2011. The cost to be reported would be the "aggregate cost."  Per the IRS, the aggregate cost is "the 'applicable premium' under the rules providing for COBRA continuation coverage instead of the out of pocket cost paid by the employer.

The Treasury Department and IRS have extended interim relief from this requirement for 2011 to allow employers more time to update their payroll procedures to capture the "aggregate cost" data.

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