Treating Medical Insurance Premiums as Wages
Health and accident insurance premiums paid on behalf of a greater than 2-percent S corporation shareholder-employee are deductible by the S corporation and reportable as wages on the shareholder-employee’s Form W-2, subject to income tax withholding.
However, these additional wages are not subject to Social Security, or Medicare (FICA), or Unemployment (FUTA) taxes if the payments of premiums are made to or on behalf of an employee under a plan or system that makes provision for all or a class of employees (or employees and their dependents). Therefore, the additional compensation is included in the shareholder-employee’s Box 1 (Wages) of Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, but is not included in Boxes 3 and 5 of Form W-2.
A 2-percent shareholder-employee is eligible for an above-the-line deduction # 29 1040 in arriving at Adjusted Gross Income (AGI)
for amounts paid during the year for medical care premiums if the medical care coverage was established by the S corporation and the shareholder met the other self-employed medical insurance deduction requirements. If, however, the shareholder or the shareholder’s spouse was eligible to participate in any subsidized health care plan, then the shareholder is not entitled to the above-the-line deduction. IRC § 162(l). Self Employed Learn More IRS Page on this very question.
AB 1672 – (1992 to 2013) Small Group Health Rules prior to Obamacare
Health Insurance Deduction Line 29 for self employed
Schedule C – Line 12 Biz Income or Loss, Line 29 Health Insurance Premiums, Line 37 Adjusted Gross Income, MAGI Income
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