Legislation To Exempt Health Benefits For Domestic Partners and Other Beneficiaries Introduced In House & Senate.

June 3, 2009

Domestic partner benefits provided under employer or union sponsored health plans no longer would be taxable to enrolling employees if Congress adopts legislation recently proposed in the House and Senate.

HR 2625, the Tax Equity for Health Plan Beneficiaries Act and a companion bill, S 1153 S 1153 would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the exclusion from gross income for employer-provided health coverage for employees’ spouses and dependent children to coverage provided to other eligible designated beneficiaries of employees, including domestic partners. According to a press release from Rep. McDermott, the bill would eliminate federal income and payroll taxes on health benefits provided to domestic partners. 

Currently, the value of health benefits provided to domestic partners of employees under an employer’s group health plan typically are taxable income to the employee for purpose of the Internal Revenue Code.  Valuing and reporting taxable payments on domestic partner benefits can be a headache for employers that provide those benefits.

If you need help responding to these proposals or with other questions relating to compliance or risk management under other federal or state employment, employee benefits, compensation, or internal controls laws or regulations, please contact Curran Tomko Tarski LLP Labor & Employment Practice Group Chair, Cynthia Marcotte Stamer at (214) 270.2402 or via e-mail here.   Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, “Cindy” works with businesses, speaks and publishes extensively on these and other labor and employment, employee benefit, internal controls and compensation matters.  For additional information about Curran Tomko Tarski LLP see the Curran Tomko Tarski Website.

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