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What number goes in Box 12, Code J of the W-2 Form?

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What number goes in Box 12 (Code J) of the W-2 from the New Jersey Notice of Employer of State Plan Disability Benefits Paid in 2007 for use in preparing W-2 Forms?

Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  Bill replied 9 years ago.

Box 12 (Code J) - Generally, the amount of any nontaxable sick pay would be shown in this box. This would be sick pay that was paid by a third-party and was not includible in income (and not shown in boxes 1, 3, and 5) because the employee contributed to the sick pay plan. Do not include nontaxable disability payments made directly by a state. If the payments are subject to income taxes (which they would be if they were paid under NJ Temporary Disability Benefits law) then they would not be entered in this box.

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Customer: replied 9 years ago.

So I don't have to put anything in that box? Box 16 will be different based on the taxable amount in box 1,3 and 5. Do I just check the Third Party Sick pay in Box 13 and put nothing in Box 12?

Expert:  Bill replied 9 years ago.

Yes, those entries are correct, assuming the payments are under the NJ Temporary Disability Benefits Law. And as you mentioned box 16 will be different than the other boxes because the payments are exempt from NJ income tax.

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