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End of Year Reporting Update: Group Life Insurance Imputed Income

Posted on: December 1st, 2010 | Category: Employment Administration, Government Regulatory & Compliance Issues, Human Resources, Our Blog, Payroll/Benefits, Tax Issues

reminderIt’s December, which means time is running out for you to report your company’s group life insurance imputed income to Uncle Sam. Many companies don’t realize offering employees an employer-paid group term life insurance policy in excess of $50,000 is considered a fringe benefit by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).  Employers are required to report any life insurance coverage over that amount on an employee’s W-2 as taxable income. Typically, this is a minimal change to the employee’s taxable wages. The amount to be reported on the W-2 is based on an IRS table associated with group term life insurance. The deadline for reporting life insurance imputed income is usually with the last payroll of the year; however, you should check with your payroll provider for further details or requirements.

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