Buyer Beware: The Newest Wave of Hospital/Fixed Indemnity Programs Promising Payroll Tax Savings

By on May 31, 2023

For decades, promoters have marketed programs to employers seeking to leverage the favorable tax treatment accorded employer-provided medical benefits. These programs are variously described as “wellness” or “preventive services” arrangements, and they are usually wrapped in or offered with hospital indemnity policies. While varying in their design features and terminology, these programs all hold out the promise of outsized income and/or payroll tax savings. But can these programs deliver on that promise?

In a new article published by the American Staffing Association, McDermott’s Alden J. Bianchi and American Staffing Association Senior Counsel Edward Lenz express their view that any such health program that claims to achieve material payroll tax savings exposes adopting employers to a significant risk of violating federal tax and other laws.

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Alden Bianchi
Alden J. Bianchi is an experienced Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation lawyer who advises corporate, not-for-profit, governmental and individual clients on a broad range of executive compensation and employee benefits matters, including qualified and non-qualified retirement plans, health and welfare plans. Read Alden Bianchi's full bio.




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