S-Corp medical insurance premiums deduction for its owners

Question: I am the 100% owner of a S-Corporation. Can I deduct medical insurance premium through the corporation? I purchased the insurance under my name and paid myself.

Answer: If you are over 2% shareholder of the S Corp, you can deduct the medical insurance premium paid or reimbursed through the S Corp. However, the S Corp must report the amount as wages on W-2 box 1. If the insurance plan is non discriminatory and offered to all other employees, the cost of the premium is not subject to FICA and FUTA.

The shareholder is allowed to purchase the insurance himself and even paying himself as long as 1. The company reimbursed the shareholder. 2. The premium payment is reported on the W-2 on the shareholder.

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