Health Reimbursement Arrangement for Churches

A QSEHRA allows small churches who do not offer group health insurance to their employees to provide money to employees on a tax-free basis; the money can be used to pay for individual health insurance policies and to reimburse employees for certain medical expenses. To offer a QSEHRA, a small church must have fewer than…

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New 2017 Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA)

21st Century Cures Act Signed President Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act into law thus creating an option for small businesses to offer employees a health reimbursement arrangement (HRA) that is funded by the employer. Beginning January 1, 2017, the maximum employees can receive per year through the HRA is $4,950 for individuals who…

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Pre-tax Health Care Options (SHOP)

Your church may pay for all or a portion of the cost of SHOP coverage on a pre-tax basis. If you want employees to share in the cost of coverage, your church may use a cafeteria plan, as describe in Section 125. This would allow the employees to pay a portion of the SHOP premiums…

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Health Care Reform Changes Effective July 1

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Department of Labor (DOL) issued guidance (DOL technical release 2013-03 and IRS Notice 2013-54) that may impact how your church funds medical coverage for some employees. The guidance states that, effective July 1, 2015, organizations may no longer directly pay premiums for an individual health insurance policy [a health…

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IRS Offer Temporary Relief For Churches That Pay Individual Health Premiums

IRS Clarifies Individual Health Plan Premium Reimbursements The IRS recently issued a notice that provides transitional relief to churches who provide reimbursements for their employees to purchase individual health insurance. Prior to this latest guidance, any reimbursed premiums and other medical reimbursement arrangements would be included as taxable income in 2014. As with all things…

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Can churches reimburse employee health care premiums?

For many years, churches have been permitted to reimburse employees for or directly pay the cost of individual health insurance policy premiums and exclude such amounts from the employee’s gross income. However, recent Internal Revenue Service guidance effectively eliminates these health care reimbursement plans after December 31, 2013. Group health insurance policy premiums paid directly…

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Does the church need to provide health insurance to their employees?

The answer is no. The church does not have to provide health insurance to their employees. Churches with less than 50 full-time equivalent employees for the previous calendar year are not required to provide health insurance. However, The Affordable Care Act requires most Americans to carry a “minimum essential coverage” health plan, or pay a…

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Health Insurance Reimbursement Laws Have Changed…Is Your Church Still In Compliance?

Churches are prohibited from reimbursing employees for the cost of their individual health insurance policies on a nontaxable basis, regardless of whether the coverage is purchased through a Marketplace or directly from a carrier. Any payment for individual health insurance will be taxable income. Group health insurance premiums for employees paid directly by the church…

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Health Insurance Payroll Deduction…Taxable or Not?

In order for the payroll reductions for health insurance to be tax-free for employees, the church has to establish a POP (premium only plan) or FSA (flexible spending account) or a cafeteria plan. These benefit plans offer the employee the option to forgo part of his or her compensation on a tax-free basis in order…

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Health Care Information on my W-2?

When you get your 2011 W-2, you might notice some new information on the form. Box 12 is where the church will report the cost of your group health insurance coverage. This amount is both the amount the church pays as well as the premiums paid via payroll deductions. The amount, which will be designated…

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