Are there any tax advantages to being treated as an employee instead of self-employed for income tax purposes?

Taxpayers who are employees for income tax purposes may benefit from several tax advantages. Employees may exclude the cost of employer-paid medical and dental insurance from income. *They may also exclude the cost of up to $50,000 of coverage in employer-paid group life insurance. Employees may also be eligible to participate in employer-sponsored retirement plans.

*Note: Health care reform has changed the rules regarding how employers may reimburse employees for the cost of health care coverage — and these changes have tax implications. Check out this page for in-depth information about this change.

For more information, view our Ministers Tax Guide

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