5 Things All Employees Need to Understand About Benefits

Keeping track of what your company’s employee benefits cover and how they can work for you can be a challenge, but it is vitally important. Your employer provides benefits as part of your compensation, and if you’re not taking advantage of them, you can miss out on some important savings and coverage. Here are five things all employees need to understand about their benefits. 1. Your Health Insurance Costs You need to understand what your health insurance costs are, including how much of the premium you pay each month, any co-pay and the annual deductible, says PJ Wallin, CPA and CFP at W Financial. “Employees should know what their benefit options are, as well as for their family and who pays the costs for each. Many employers may cover a larger portion of an individual, but then subsidize less of their family.” If your employer offers a choice of different …

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Rethinking Your FSA (Is my FSA still worth it?)

Your Flexible Spending Account (FSA) has undergone some changes over the years. Most notably, over-the-counter medication such as cough, cold and flu medicines and pain relievers cannot be reimbursed through your FSA, unless the items have a doctor’s prescription or another supporting document. While it all may sound confusing and frustrating at times, these health-spending accounts are still among the best ways to pay for medical expenses that are not covered or paid in full by your medical, dental or vision plans—for you or any dependent. This tax-advantaged account can help your dollar go much further. Here’s how: Let’s say you put away $1,000 in your FSA for the calendar year. An average income will be taxed 25% by the federal government. Your FSA investment, however, is not taxed. The means you’ll have $1000 to spend on medical expenses, versus only $750. (That does not include state income tax, which …

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