IRS Mileage Rate
The IRS business mileage rate for 2015 has just been released and is 57.5 cents per mile
2014-2015 Medical expenses – tax treatment
The basic principle is that payment for a group healthcare plan is a non-taxable benefit; the payment or reimbursement of individual insurance is taxable. This is a major change from previous years and the potential penalties are up to $100 per day per person affected. This change begins with 2014. There are some exceptions:
Type of Insurance
Group Health Insurance Plan
Even if only one employee; group plan of Southern Baptists
Payment of individual plan
Payment of individual plan with only one FT employee
Not taxable – see note below
IRS notes exceptions of groups less than two. See note below
Reimbursement of individual plan through the govt. exchange
Tax credit and/or subsidies are received from the government when signing up
Health Reimbursement Arrangement
Can only be offered in conjunction with a group plan; never as a stand-alone apart from insurance. Requires a properly written plan available to all employees who work 30 hours per week or more. Plans from previous years may not be valid now.
Groups fewer than two: I have received conflicting information from 2 trusted sources (CPAs and attorneys) One says that groups fewer than two refer to retirement health plans. The other says that this can be done and treated as a benefit. Health and Human Services has been requested to clarify and they have not done so.
Here are some excellent resources:
Department of Labor: http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/newsroom/tr13-03.html
GuideStone: Reimbursement Vehicles and the ACA: http://www.guidestoneinsurance.org/HealthcareReform2/ReimbursementVehicles
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