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Apr 12, 2011

CA Tax Law Conforms to Federal Rules for Non-Dependent Adult Children


Category:PPACA 
Posted by: Alissa Viggianelli

Summary: AB 36 makes CA tax law conform to the
2010 federal tax rules for nondependent adult children
 

The Affordable Care Act and Impact on California Tax
http://www.ftb.ca.gov/professionals/taxnews/Patient_Protection_and_Affordable_Care_Act.shtml 

Health Coverage for Adult Children up to Age 27

California Assembly Bill (AB) 36 was enacted on April 7, 2011. This bill conforms California personal income tax law with federal income tax law by adopting a specified provision of the Affordable Care Act signed into law by the President in March 2010. (The Affordable Care Act refers to Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.) AB 36 is effective immediately, and generally applies to the same taxable periods as federal law. 

  • The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requires benefit plans that provide coverage for family members to cover adult children of the employee, to age 26 whether or not they qualify as dependents for tax purposes.
  • The Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 extends the general exclusion for reimbursements for medical care expenses under an employer-provided accident or health plan to any child of an employee who has not attained age 27 as of the end of the taxable year.

Impact on Income Tax – The Affordable Care Act amends federal income tax laws to exclude the value of an eligible adult child’s medical coverage from the taxable income of the parent-employee, even if the child is not a dependent. The law also allows self-employed individuals a deduction for health insurance premiums for an adult child under age 27, even if the child is not a dependent.

New California law – California personal income tax law, as amended by AB 36, conforms to the 2010 federal income tax rules which exclude the value of the medical coverage provided to non-dependent adult children from California gross income and allow a deduction to self-employed individuals for health insurance premiums for nondependent adult children under age 27.

  • Any amount paid by an employee for such additional coverage is excluded from California taxable wages.
  • Self-employed individuals may deduct the health insurance premium paid for an adult child under age 27.

How to File:

Form 540 - On an original tax return

If the employer issued Form W-2 including the amount of medical coverage for your nondependent adult children in your California wages, contact your employer to have them issue you Form W-2C excluding the amount from your California wages. Use form FTB 3525 as a substitute for federal Form W-2C if your employer does not issue you a Form W-2C.

Self-employed individuals may deduct the health insurance premium paid for nondependent adult children under age 27. No California adjustment is needed.

Form 540X – On a previously-filed tax return

If you have already filed Form 540 with Form W-2 that included the amount of medical coverage for your nondependent adult children in your California wages, contact your employer to have them issue you Form W-2C excluding the amount from your California wages. Use form FTB 3525 as a substitute for federal Form W-2C if your employer does not issue you a Form W-2C. File Form 540X to report the reduction in your California wages.

For self-employed individuals who reported a California adjustment excluding the health insurance premium paid for nondependent adult children, file Form 540X to report the allowed deduction for California.

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