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Can I deduct health insurance premiums as an S Corporation shareholder?

You may be able to use the Self-Employed Health Insurance (SEHI) deduction if you're at least a 2% shareholder in an S Corporation. To claim this deduction, the health insurance premiums must be paid or reimbursed by the S corporation and reported as taxable compensation in box 1 of your W-2.

The S Corporation can either purchase the policy in your name or reimburse you for the premiums you paid. The policy can also cover your spouse, dependents, and any nondependent children under the age of 27.

The SEHI deduction is generally more advantageous than claiming it as a "regular" itemized deduction. The SEHI deduction will appear on line 16 of Schedule 1 and may not exceed your W-2, box 5 amount.

How to claim the SEHI deduction in TurboTax

You'll need the K-1 that the S Corporation sent you. Here's how to enter it and claim the deduction:

  1. With your return open in TurboTax, search for K-1 and select the Jump to link.
  2. Answer Yes to Did you receive any Schedules K-1?
  3. Select Start next to S corporations and follow the screens, filling out info as you go.
    • If you already visited the K-1 section, select Update next to S corporations and then Edit on the following screen. Go through the screens until you can get to the instructions in the next step.
  4. When you get to the screen Checkboxes That Have an Amount, be sure to mark Box 17 info along with any other boxes that contain info on your K-1.
  5. When you get to the Box 17 screen, select AD - Other Information (it's the last one on the list), enter the amount, and continue.
  6. Skip the next screen (which includes farming and fishing income) by selecting Continue.
  7. On the next screen, Enter Code AC Detail, type Shareholder's Health Insurance Premiums, the amount and Continue.
  8. Skip the next screen How to Enter Code AC Information by selecting Continue.
  9. On the Other Situations screen, check the box I personally paid health insurance... (halfway down) and Continue.
  10. On the next screen, fill in the W-2 box 5 amount and the amount of health insurance premiums you paid (this may be on your W-2 in box 14).
    • If you purchased insurance through Healthcare.gov or your state marketplace, leave the second box blank.
  11. Enter any long-term care premiums and select Continue on the following screen.

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