[tabi] Re: reminder for state workers

  • From: "Mister Blackjack" <misterblackjack2@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 28 Sep 2009 19:35:43 -0400

Hi, would this include like a Apple PC since it has it own built in screen
reader? If so or for any other of these technologies, what kind of proof do
you need to get refunded from the medical account?


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From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of Chip Orange
Sent: Monday, September 28, 2009 5:00 PM
To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [tabi] reminder for state workers

Hello all,
right now it's open enrollment time for state workers, which includes
specifying your next year's options such as medical reimbursement accounts.
if your employers doesn't offer you medical reimbursement accounts, you
should ask why not; these are quite valuable to you, and the reason for this
one thing you can do with your medical reimbursement account, aside from the
obvious one of claiming medical expenses, is to claim expenses related to
being blind (some expenses anyway).  these are counted by the IRS as medical
expenses, and include such items as *any* special technology for the blind
(a screen reader, a book reader, anything whose description says it's a
device specifically meant for the blind).  expenses related to guide dogs,
their care and feeding and procurement, are also covered.
when an expense is covered, this means that you do not have to pay income
tax on that expense.  it's just like getting a 25% discount!
the only thing is that you have to set up next year's account now, and plan
how much money to fund it with; and, if you don't use up that amount of
money, you cannot get it back; so you need to be sure you will have that
much in expenses.
however, if you know that you want to buy a $2000  device such as a note
taker, why not go ahead and plan for perhaps a $500 discount!  that's right,
that's the amount someone in the 25% tax bracket would get back.
Of course, you can also add the amount for prescription medication, dental
work, OTC medications, glasses, etc.


Chip Orange
Database Administrator
Florida Public Service Commission

(850) 413-6314

 (Any opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not
necessarily reflect those of the Florida Public Service Commission.)


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