Before there were HDHPs (High Deductible Health Plans) and HSAs (Health Savings Accounts), the only way to pay for out-of-pocket medical expenses in pre-tax dollars was through a “Cafeteria Plan” – a special tax provision of IRC Section 125 sometimes referred to as a Flexible Spending Account or FSA. If you’ve been offered an opportunity to participate, this may be your best choice.
The IRS has issued a new Notice that may help employees who would benefit by being covered for health insurance under an exchange rather than under their employer’s group health plan. Enrollment in an exchange plan is not available to those covered under an employer plan.
As of September 16, 2013, employers must treat lawfully married same sex couples as married for purposes of withholding and benefits. Individuals may amend their open tax returns (generally 2010 through 2012) to change their filing status if validly married during that year. Individuals may file for a refund of any taxes paid on “imputed …Read More
Guidance Needed From Federal Agencies The Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Windsor finding Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) unconstitutional has implications in many facets of law beyond domestic relations. That Section of DOMA defined “spouse” as “only a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or wife” …Read More