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? Thanks, Blackjack misterblackjack2@xxxxxxxxx -----Original Message----- 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 post. 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. hth, Chip ------------------------------ Chip Orange Database Administrator Florida Public Service Commission Chip.Orange@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (850) 413-6314 (Any opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the Florida Public Service Commission.) Check out the TABI resource web page at http://acorange.home.comcast.net/TABI and please make suggestions for new material. if you'd like to unsubscribe you can do so through the freelists.org web interface, or by sending an email to the address tabi-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word "unsubscribe" in the subject.