I should have mentioned the newer term for these types of accounts is "Flexible Spending Account", and it includes items purchased over the counter. therefore, many drug and grocery stores, will have an "F" beside the items on the receipt which qualify as a medication or medical item. 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.) > -----Original Message----- > From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx > [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Chip Orange > Sent: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 11:35 AM > To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx > Subject: [tabi] to all government employees > > Hi all, > > state government is coming up to it's annual open enrollment period, > where you decide many of your payroll deductible choices for the next > year. > > I wanted to mention again the option of medical reimbursement. > > this allows you to pay for medical and disability related > expenses with > money which is tax free. > > The disability related part of the statement above is of particular > note: this includes the cost of getting a guide dog, and the cost of > care and feeding of one. buying specialized devices for the > blind, such > as screen readers, notetakers, talking gps guides, barcode scanners, > etc. if it's produced especially for someone with a disability, it > qualifies. > > I want to point out that last year Allison and I claimed $4000 of > medical reimbursement expenses, and so we saved $1000 in > taxes. This is > definitely worth bothering about if you can take the time to think of > qualifying expenses. > > I'm mentioning it now so everyone will have time to plan; I'm > told we'll > be receiving open enrollment info at home next month, and it will > contain info on changes to this program, so be sure and read about the > changes. I know one of them is you no longer have to submit your > expenses; you'll be given a special debit card to purchase the items > with instead. > > If you're not working for a governmental agency, ask your employer if > they participate in medical reimbursement; if they don't, ask > why not? > > 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. > 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.