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 confirmed that an employee “hired only for a limited period such as a seasonal worker or a teacher hired only for one school year” is considered involuntarily terminated for premium subsidy purposes if the employee works to the end of season or contract period, is not offered employment, and is able and willing to work. Contact Vision Payroll if you have any questions on the COBRA premium reduction credit.