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Section 199A Health Insurance Comparison

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By Jason Watson ()
Posted November 23, 2018

Same situation as before, but with $10,000 in health insurance premiums (Line 8).

Vanilla

Health Insurance

ln

No S

S Corp

No S

S Corp

1

Business Income

100,000

100,000

100,000

100,000

2

  less W-2 Wages inc. SEHI, HSA, etc.

0

35,000

0

35,000

3

  less Payroll Taxes

0

2,678

0

1,913

4

Net Business Income Section 199A

100,000

62,323

100,000

63,088

5

Adjustments to 1040 / NBI

6

  less Social Security Tax

5,726

0

5,726

0

7

  less Medicare Tax

1,339

0

1,339

0

8

  less SEHI, HSA, etc.

0

0

10,000

10,000

9

Other Taxable Income

0

0

0

0

10

Adjusted Gross Income*

92,935

97,323

82,935

88,088

11

Itemized / Std Deductions

24,000

24,000

24,000

24,000

12

Taxable Income Before Section 199A

68,935

73,323

58,935

64,088

 -

13

Section 199A Net Biz Income

20,000

12,465

20,000

12,618

14

Section 199A W-2 Wage Limit

0

17,500

0

17,500

15

Section 199A Taxable Income Limit

13,787

14,665

11,787

12,818

 -

16

Section 199A Benefit

13,787

12,465

11,787

12,618

17

Marginal Income Tax Rate

12%

12%

12%

12%

18

Income Tax Benefit from Section 199A

-1,654

-1,496

-1,414

-1,514

19

  plus Self-Employment Tax

14,130

0

14,130

0

20

  plus Tax on Line 12 Delta (above)

0

526

0

618

21

  plus Payroll Tax

0

5,355

0

3,825

22

Net Tax After Section 199A Benefit

12,475

4,386

12,715

2,929

 -

23

Net S Corp Benefit $

8,089

9,786

*includes the S Corp W-2
There are several notables, takeaways and explanations-

Assumptions are $100,000 in business income prior to $35,000 in reasonable shareholder salary. Married taxpayer with $24,000 as a standard deduction (Line 11) and no additional taxable income.

$10,000 has been added as self-employed health insurance premiums. This could easily be $7,000 in health insurance premiums and $3,000 in health savings account (HSA) contributions too. Both are considered a taxable fringe benefit when paid by the business (but later deducted $1 for $1 on your individual tax return).

Note the decrease in payroll taxes on Line 3. This is because less wages are being subjected to Social Security and Medicare taxes when considering health insurance, HSA, etc. as a form of Officer Compensation (reasonable shareholder salary). As a result, Box 1 of the W-2 will show $35,000 but Box 3 and Box 5 will only show $25,000. Form 1120S, Line 7, Officer Compensation will also show $35,000.

In this example, having the S corporation pay for self-employed health insurance increases the savings by approximately $1,800. Recall the language from IRS Fact Sheet 2008-25-

The health and accident insurance premiums paid on behalf of the greater than 2 percent S corporation shareholder-employee are deductible by the S corporation as fringe benefits and are reportable as wages for income tax withholding purposes on the shareholder-employee’s Form W-2. They are not subject to Social Security or Medicare (FICA) or Unemployment (FUTA) taxes. Therefore, this additional compensation is included in Box 1 (Wages) of the Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, issued to the shareholder, but would not be included in Boxes 3 or 5 of Form W-2.

If this is blowing your mind, please read our chapter dedicated to reasonable shareholder salary for further explanations of how self-employed health insurance and HSA contributions reduce Social Security and Medicare taxes.

Note that the Section 199A benefit (Line 16) is higher with an S corporation versus a non-S Corp by leveraging the self-employed health insurance / HSA aspect of an S Corp.

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