How Do You Save Money for the Holidays?

holiday moneyIf you are not utilizing an FSA, maybe you should be.

A Flexible Spending Account can help you save hundreds of tax dollars each year; with an FSA you end up with a tax deduction for your out-of-pocket medical and/or dependent care expenses.

Doing some simple planning of the expenses you will incur in the next year, can save you approximately 28% on your insurance co-pays and deductibles, prescription drugs, diabetic supplies, eye glasses, podiatry services, dental services, orthodontics/braces, and more. And let’s not forget 28% on dependent day-care expenses for your young children up to age 13. To give you a clearer picture of the savings, take a look at the bottom line of how much more money you can have in your pocket each month according to the example (*figures will depend on employees actual earnings, tax rates, and costs):

  NO FSA Plan FSA Plan
Monthly Income $ 3,500.00  $ 3,500.00
Pretax Medical Expenses  –  $ 100.00
Pretax Daycare Expenses  –  $ 400.00
Pretax Premiums (health & dental) $ 75.00     $ 75.00
Taxable Income $ 3,425.00  $ 2,925.00
Withholding (28% for taxes, FICA, Medicare) $ 959.00  $ 819.00
Post-tax Medical Expenses $ 100.00  –
Post-tax Daycare Expenses $ 400.00  –
Net Income $ 1,966.00  $ 2,106.00

That’s an additional $140 per month, or $1680 per year!

Contact your benefits representative today to find out more about utilizing an FSA, in order to save money!


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