November 18, 2021
IRS releases 2022 inflation adjustments for fringe benefits and Form W-2/1099 information reporting penalties
In Revenue Procedure 2021-45 the IRS announced the 2022 inflation adjustments that will apply to certain fringe benefits and to Form W-2/1099 information reporting penalties.
Medical Savings Account (MSA) limits go up in 2022
Summarized below are the 2022 limits that apply to MSAs under IRC Section 220(c)(2)(A).
Adoption assistance limit goes up in 2022
The limit on qualified adoption assistance (including benefits provided for special needs children) under IRC Section 137 for 2022 is $14,890, up from $14,440 in 2021.
For 2022, the amount excludable from an employee's gross income begins to phase out under IRC Section 137(b)(2)(A) for taxpayers with modified adjusted gross income of more than $223,410 and is completely phased out for taxpayers with modified adjusted gross income of $263,410 or more.
Health flexible spending arrangement (FSA) limit goes up in 2022
The 2022 annual limit on pretax contributions employees can make toward their health flexible spending arrangement through a cafeteria plan under IRC Section 125(i) is $2,850, up from $2,750 in 2021.
Transportation fringe benefits (parking and transit) limit goes up in 2022
The 2022 monthly limit on parking benefits under IRC Section 132(f)(2)(B) is $280, up from $270 in 2021.
The 2022 aggregate monthly limit for transportation in a commuter highway vehicle and any transit pass under IRC Section 132(f)(2)(A) is also $280, up from $270 in 2021.
Foreign earned income exclusion for 2022
For taxable years beginning in 2022, the foreign earned income exclusion amount under
IRC Section 911(b)(2)(D)(i) is $112,000, up from $108,700 in 2021.
Reporting penalties for Forms W-2/1099 increase for tax year 2022
The penalties that apply to late or incorrect Forms W-2 is indexed each year for inflation. The chart below shows the penalties that apply to late or incorrect Forms W-2 required to be furnished to employees and/or filed with the Social Security Administration for tax year 2022 (filed in 2023).
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