Are you a business professional who has to gather all your miles to expense for your job? Do you actually have the time to record all the mileage you traveled with your busy schedule?

MileIQ was created in order to alleviate the problems associated with tracking business travel. 55 million U.S. workers have the ability to expense the miles they drive. Using MileIQ comes with features that make it extreme user friendly. At TaxConnections, we offer this app free of charge to all Tax Professionals.

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When applying for insurance through a state or the federal health insurance marketplace, you will be asked to provide an estimate of your household income for 2016. Your household income is a key factor in determining if you are qualified for an insurance subsidy called the premium tax credit (PTC). Any premium tax credit that you are entitled to will be computed on your 2016 tax return when it is filed in 2017. However, the insurance marketplace will allow you to reduce your insurance premiums during the year by applying this credit in advance based upon the estimate of your household income you provided when applying for the insurance. This advance is referred to as the advanced premium tax credit (APTC).

It is very important to remember that the PTC is based on the actual family income when your tax return is filed in Read More

A tweet from an Indiana resident by the name of Benjamin Miller, including a picture of the IRS notice he received advising him that he owes $2,344 as a penalty for not having health insurance, has gone viral and ignited a firestorm.

Mr. Miller stated in his post that he didn’t buy health insurance because his premiums jumped by over $1,000 to $1,400 per month. Of course the increase in Mr. Miller’s insurance premiums were most likely due to the mandatory provisions included in the health plan that were needed to meet the minimum essential coverage requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Mr. Miller, like many uninsured taxpayers, probably didn’t fully read the penalty provisions Read More

Our health care system is too complex. I am not only referring to the numerous tax provisions in the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare), but the system itself.  For example, if you have health insurance, do you know what it covers, how costs are computed, how insurance companies and the medical profession make money?

On March 4, the US Supreme Court heard oral argument in King v Burwell on whether individuals who obtained health insurance through the federal exchange (because their state did not establish its own exchange), are entitled to a Premium Tax Credit (PTC).  The PTC provision in the Code (Section 36B) makes reference to state exchange. The Administration interprets that as also meaning a federal exchange. Millions of individuals have obtained (in 2014) and are currently obtaining for 2015, a PTC to help pay for Read More

Under IRS Notice 2008-1, if you are an owner of more than 2% of an S corporation and you have a health insurance policy in your name with premiums paid by the corporation basically a plan has been established by the corporation for you the shareholder. This is not a self insured plan. It is simply health insurance premiums paid or furnished by an S corporation.

Also the premium payments are included in the wages for income tax withholding purposes on your Form W-2, but are not considered wages subject to social security and Medicare taxes if the requirements for exclusion under §3121(a)(2)(B) are satisfied meaning that medical or hospitalization expenses were incurred in connection with sickness or accident disability.

Currently there are no discrimination provisions under §106 dealing with contributions by employers to accident and health plans. As a shareholder you are allowed an exclusion from gross income for the insurance cost if you meet the requirements of §162(l) which states as follows:

“In the case of a taxpayer who is an employee within the meaning of section 401 (c)(1), there shall be allowed as a deduction under this section an amount equal to the amount paid during the taxable year for insurance which constitutes medical care for the taxpayer spouse or dependent children … No deduction shall be allowed under paragraph (1) to the extent that the amount of such deduction exceeds the taxpayer’s earned income (within the meaning of section 401 (c)) derived by the taxpayer from the trade or business with respect to which the plan providing the medical care coverage is established.”

As you may have noticed, for many of you the health insurance benefit provided by your employer is showing up on your W-2 this year.  That is required for employers with more than 250 employees in 2012.  It goes in Box 12 with code DD.

So what does it mean?  Well, it means nothing.  It doesn’t increase your wage income, it’s not tax deductible for you as a medical expense, it means nothing.  Well then why are they putting it on there?  One reason is just for greater transparency.  Most employees don’t really know how much their employer-provided health benefits are  –  I know I certainly have no idea.

The health care bill that was passed two years ago essentially mandates health insurance for everyone in 2014.  The way it’s mandated is through a tax.  There is a fine / tax / fee / penalty (whatever you want to call it) that you will pay on your individual tax return if you do not have health insurance.  Having the employer-provided health benefits listed on the W-2 is one way for the IRS to confirm whether you were covered or not.

There is also going to be an excise tax on excessive or the Cadillac health plans in 2018.  That excise tax is based on the value of the policy, so reporting the value of the benefits to the IRS is how that will be administered.  Single policies over $10,200 and family policies over $27,500 are indexed for inflation and have a few exceptions, but that is the general idea.  With the health insurance reported on the W-2s, it will make it easier for all of these new laws to be implemented  –  both for taxpayers and for the IRS.