The Affordable Care Act requires employers to report the cost of coverage under an employer-sponsored group health plan. To allow employers more time to update their payroll systems,Notice 2010-69, issued in fall 2010, made this requirement optional for all employers in 2011. IRSNotice 2011-28provided further relief by making this requirement optional for certain smaller employers for 2012 Forms W-2(meaning the Forms W-2 for calendar year 2012 generally furnished to employees in 2013).Notice 2012-9, issued in January 2012, restates and clarifies guidance in Notice 2011-28. It provides guidance for employers that are subject to this requirement for the 2012 Forms W-2 and those that choose to voluntarily comply with it for either 2011 or 2012.
More information about the reporting, and which employers are, or are not, required to report this on the Form W-2 can be found on the Form W-2 Reporting of Employer-Sponsored Health Coverage.
Individuals and Families
There is nothing about the reporting requirement that causes or will cause excludable employer-provided health coverage to become taxable. The purpose of the reporting requirement is to provide employees useful and comparable consumer information on the cost of their health care coverage.