Taxing core benefitsThe devil is in the details when it comes to proper administrationBy Christopher Newtown04/21/2003|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/05/2003 The taxation of benefits seems pretty simple at first glance — then again, so do many areas of tax. As HR professionals know, however, the devil is in the details. Unfortunately, good benefit plan design, proper payroll administration and effective employee communication depend on these details.HR and payroll need to understand when employer contributions towards a benefit are taxable, as well as whether the benefit received from a plan is taxable. For example, the premiums paid by an employer to fund life insurance are taxable to an employee, whereas the benefit paid on death is not. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.