Beginning with 2012 W-2 forms, you must report the value of employees’ health benefits (Box 12, with Code DD). Reporting on Form W-3 isn’t necessary.
Last year, the IRS provided transition relief that excused employers filing fewer than 250 W-2s during the preceding year from reporting. That relief, however, didn’t address a variety of other sticky reporting situations.
Good news: Under new guidance, W-2 reporting is excused in more instances. (Notice 2012-9, IRB 2012-4)
Under the 2011 transition relief, no W-2 reporting is necessary for terminating employees who request early W-2s, retirees who receive health benefits but no other reportable compensation or taxes, self-insured plans that aren’t subject to COBRA and multi-employer plans.
Until further guidance is issued, the IRS is expanding this no-reporting rule to the following:
- For discriminatory self-insured plans, the cost of excess reimbursements that a...(register to read more)