Common Fringe Benefits with effects on your payroll

November 30, 2010

Health Insurance Premiums Paid to 2% Shareholders
The Internal Revenue Service requires health insurance premiums paid by Subchapter S corporations for employees owning more than 2% of the corporation and/or their family members (“2% shareholders”), to be treated as additional wages to the employee. These wages are subject to federal income tax withholding, but exempt from FICA, Medicare and FUTA. Beginning with 2009, if these premiums are not included on the W-2 of the 2% or more shareholders, they may not be deducted.

Group Term Life Insurance
The value of company-provided group term life insurance in excess of $50,000 must be included in the employee’s income and is subject only to FICA and Medicare withholding. The value of includable compensation is calculated according to the following table:

5-year Cost per $1,000
Age Bracket for one month
Under 25 $0.05
25 to 29 .06
30 to 34 .08
35 to 39 .09
40 to 44 .10
45 to 49 .15
50 to 54 .23
55 to 59 .43
60 to 64 .66
65 to 69 1.27
70 and above 2.06

For 2% shareholders, the entire amount of premiums paid must be included as income on the shareholder’s W-2, subject to federal income tax withholding, but exempt from FICA, Medicare, and FUTA.

Personal Use of Auto
When providing an employee (including shareholder/employees in corporations) the use of a company-provided vehicle, a value representing the personal portion of usage of the vehicle must be included in the employee’s W-2 income. The value computed must be included in the employee’s W-2 as wages and is taxable for federal income tax, FICA, Medicare and FUTA. Although FICA and Medicare withholding is required, federal withholding is not required if notice was provided to the employee of the Company’s decision not to withhold by January 31st.

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