[tabi] Re: reminder for state workers

  • From: "Sila Miller" <silam@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 28 Sep 2009 20:47:04 -0400

Also, a little different subject but as the Florida State Employees Charitable 
Campaign FSECC is in full swing, please don't forget the Lighthouse when you 
donate. Many thanks! Sila
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Chip Orange 
  To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Monday, September 28, 2009 5:00 PM
  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 

  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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