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dtsacknoff
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My wife received short term disability income while on maternity leave and we received a separate W2 for that income. Does this need to be included when filing?

 
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TomK
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My wife received short term disability income while on maternity leave and we received a separate W2 for that income. Does this need to be included when filing?

Non-taxable sick pay is not subject to taxation because the employee contributed completely to the sick pay plan. It does not need to be reported on your income taxes (and is not shown in boxes 1, 3, and 5 of the W-2). Your employer was required to generate a W2 with the figure, which is why you received it. So basically you do not need to file this return, per IRS.

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TomK
New Member

My wife received short term disability income while on maternity leave and we received a separate W2 for that income. Does this need to be included when filing?

Non-taxable sick pay is not subject to taxation because the employee contributed completely to the sick pay plan. It does not need to be reported on your income taxes (and is not shown in boxes 1, 3, and 5 of the W-2). Your employer was required to generate a W2 with the figure, which is why you received it. So basically you do not need to file this return, per IRS.

[Edited 1/16/18 | 10:24]

TomK
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My wife received short term disability income while on maternity leave and we received a separate W2 for that income. Does this need to be included when filing?

Please read updated answer.
SweetieJean
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My wife received short term disability income while on maternity leave and we received a separate W2 for that income. Does this need to be included when filing?

If she got a W-2, then it is taxable.
Coleen3
Intuit Alumni

My wife received short term disability income while on maternity leave and we received a separate W2 for that income. Does this need to be included when filing?

Third Party Sick Pay is sometimes taxable and sometimes not.
Third party sick pay is an insurance disability benefit (payment) that provides benefits to employees in place of lost wages due to absences caused by an illness or non work related injury. These payments are made to covered employees under a plan that is set up for participating employers. These payments typically are a percent of the employee’s gross pay and commonly referred to as short-term disability.
• If the employer pays the entire insurance premium, then the sick pay payments received are 100% taxable to the employee.
• If the employer pays a portion of the premium and the employee pays the balance with after tax dollars, then the sick pay payments are taxable in the same proportion as the percentage of the premium paid by the employer.
• If the employer pays nothing and the employee pays the entire premium with pre-tax dollars, then the sick pay payments received are 100% taxable to the employee.
• If the employer pays nothing and the employee pays the entire premium with after tax dollars, then the sick pay payments received are not taxable to the employee.
Non-taxable sick pay is not subject to taxation because the employee contributed completely to the sick pay plan. It does not need to be reported on your income taxes (and is not shown in boxes 1, 3, and 5 of the W-2). Your employer was required to generate a W2 with the figure, which is why you received it. So basically you do not need to file this return, per IRS.
"A Form W-2 must be prepared even if all of the sick pay is nontaxable (see Box 12 below). All Forms W-2 must be given to the employees by January 31."

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