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Flexible Benefits/ Cafeteria Plans
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What are flexible benefits? Flexible benefit, or cafeteria plans generally allow employees to choose between cash compensation, tax-exempt benefits, and taxable benefits without the choice itself resulting in the inclusion of the tax-exempt benefits in taxable income. Flex or cafeteria plans are authorized by Internal Revenue Code (IRC Sec. 125) and are often referred to as Section 125 plans. Under such a plan, it is possible for employers to provide employees with an additional benefit package at virtually no extra cost while reducing both the employer's and the employees' tax bills. Flex plans allow employers to upgrade and customize the array of benefits offered while keeping a handle on total benefit costs. Flex plans range from the most simple (that merely pay group insurance premiums with pretax dollars) to the most complex (that provide benefit credits and a choice of types and levels of benefits that may be chosen and paid for on either a pretax or post-tax basis).
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84529faqs.aspxQuestions & Answers Can an early retiree continue to participate in an FSA if they are still receiving a paycheck from the company they retired from? Thanks! 01/06/2011National
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91660faqs.aspxQuestions & Answers Can an employer allow the EE (spouse and dependents) to come onto the dental plan midterm as well as run through their Section 125? 05/25/2012National
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81257faqs.aspxQuestions & Answers Can employees use FSA funds for their parents' expenses, if the parents are claimed as dependents on their tax returns? 11/19/2009National
88368faqs.aspxQuestions & Answers Can employees use HSA funds to pay for an adult child's medical expenses if the child is not on the employee's plan? 06/20/2011National
80676faqs.aspxQuestions & Answers Can we withhold from a last paycheck to make up for a FSA deficit? 09/06/2009National
80327faqs.aspxQuestions & Answers Do we need to ask employees to sign a waiver before submitting copies of documentation to collect from their Sec 125, HRA's etc.? 07/24/2009National
82870faqs.aspxQuestions & Answers Doe you have information on the "tests" employers can use to see if they are meeting nondiscrimination rules for health care coverage? 07/16/2010National
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81097faqs.aspxQuestions & Answers If we discontinue health insurance for our employees and they attain it on their own, can they submit the monthly premiums for reimbursement from the flexible spending account? 10/28/2009National
86937faqs.aspxQuestions & Answers Is it legal to take premiums out pre-tax for things like a child's COBRA coverage or for the purchase of insurance outside of the company? 04/13/2011National
80517faqs.aspxQuestions & Answers Is it true that owners, partners, and their families in an S-Corp, Sole Proprietor, Partnership, LLC or LLP, are not eligible to participate in an HRA or HSA? 08/14/2009National
88295faqs.aspxQuestions & Answers Is my employer required by law to distribute SPDs for its Flexible Spending Account benefit plan? 06/16/2011National
81365faqs.aspxQuestions & Answers My company offers Flexible Spending Account (FSA) to employees. Over the years, our FSA has accumulated a surplus. The surplus amount includes money forfeited from former employees. Can we give the unused amount to employees? 12/15/2009National
82155faqs.aspxQuestions & Answers Our company is changing from an FSA to a high deductible with an HSA. Can employees roll over funds from the FSA to the HSA? 04/26/2010National
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90316faqs.aspxQuestions & Answers Outside enrollment period, can an employee add a spouse to his insurance plan when the spouse's insurance costs at her employer have gone up significantly? 10/28/2011National
81520faqs.aspxQuestions & Answers Regarding HSA plans for >2% shareholders. If an individual is both a shareholder and an employee, can the company make a contribution to the individual's HSA plan? If so, is the contribution included in their gross income? Is it deductible? 01/12/2010National
81830faqs.aspxQuestions & Answers We changed our renewal date from 1/1 to 3/1 and changed to a HDHP with an HSA account. Our FSA that has been set up since 1/1 will change to a limited medical benefit account. Can FSA elections be changed? 03/02/2010National
90004faqs.aspxQuestions & Answers We deducted from employees' paychecks for an FSA plan, but forgot to tell our FSA administrator the employees signed up. How do we return the money to the employees? 09/27/2011National
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86265faqs.aspxQuestions & Answers We have distributed to employees plan documents, SPDs, and benefits booklets. However, we have not included the cafeteria plan document. Is this correct? 03/16/2011National
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