The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released Notice 2009-27, Premium assistance for COBRA benefits. Pursuant to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 or ARRA, certain involuntarily terminated employees are eligible for employer-provided subsidies to help pay for their Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) continuation coverage. Employers may then claim a credit on their Form 941 to be reimbursed for the assistance provided.
In recently issued guidance, the IRS stated that if an insurer is providing continuation coverage under a comparable state law, the coverage still qualifies for premium subsidy even if the group health plan has terminated after the employer has gone out of business. Contact Vision Payroll if you have any questions on the COBRA premium reduction credit.