Spread the word – W-2 rumor false!

Posted May, 26 2010 by arianne

Anti-health reform activists continue to fight reform with misinformation. There’s an email circulating now with a false claim about health care reform and W-2s. It says that consumers will see their taxes go up because of a provision of PPACA, the new federal health reform law.

The email says that consumers will be charged higher income taxes because their W-2s will now show the value of any health insurance benefit they receive from their employer.

Like most myths, this one builds on something true – next year, W-2 forms will show the value of employer-provided health care benefits. But this is actually helpful information; many consumers have no idea what their employer is paying for their coverage.

Then the rumor jumps to a false conclusion. While the value of the health care benefit will be printed on the W-2, it will not be included in a consumer’s calculation of taxable income. As a White House blog post debunking the email said, “you will absolutely not pay taxes on these benefits.”

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