Premiums an employee pays for individual and/or dependent family medical coverage can be paid with pre-tax salary dollars under IRS guidelines. Qualifying premiums under the Internal Revenue Code include but are not limited to: group health insurance, group term life insurance(up to $50,000), individual health insurance billed through the employer, accidental death & dismemberment insurance, short-term disability insurance, and cancer insurance.
Additionally, the Internal Revenue Code provides up to $5,000 of pre-tax incentives for certain dependent care expenses annually. Dependent care expenses may include: child care in or outside of your home, pre-school costs, housekeeping expenses (if provided by a full-time live-in housekeeper). After expenses are estimated and elections are made, money will be held on account to pay for these costs. In accordance with IRS guidelines, any monies taken pre-tax must be used to pay for qualified elected benefits and must be used that calendar year or they will be forfeited to the employer.
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