Important Notice Regarding Pre-Tax Health Insurance (Section 125)

Zane Benefits logoLast year, Zane Benefits introduced a pilot program utilizing the pre-tax health insurance concept (originally referred to as the “Pre-tax Premium Payment (PPP)” program). The PPP program provided the opportunity for employers to set up a Section 125 cafeteria plan that allowed employees to set aside a portion of their paycheck voluntarily. The money set aside would be used to pay for individual health insurance premiums using pre-tax dollars.

Recently, the Department of Labor issued guidance on the Affordable Care Act. The release included a discussion of Section 125 cafeteria plans and individual health insurance. As a result of this new federal guidance, Zane Benefits will no longer be promoting the pre-tax health insurance program.

Any DeWitt Risk Management groups who wish to continue to allow employees to take advantage of the section 125 cafeteria plan for individual health insurance premium, are encouraged to consult with their legal counsel.

We will continue to work with providers intent on exploring other affordable insurance options for employees of small employers that do not provide group health insurance.  Please get in touch with your group benefits specialist at DeWitt Risk Management with any questions or to discuss alternate options for your group or company.

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Zane Benefits’ Pre-Tax Premium Payment (PPP)

DeWitt Risk Management can show you how to offer every employee the chance to save 20-40% on the personal health insurance coverage of their choice. It’s the perfect solution for companies that don’t offer group health insurance coverage to their employees.

If you don’t offer group insurance benefits to your employees, you’re not alone. According to the Employee Benefit Research Institute, more than half of employees don’t have group health benefits. (47% of employees aren’t offered group health coverage and 15% aren’t eligible for employer health coverage).

Problems preventing companies from offering health insurance coverage to their employees may seem impossible to overcome:

  • Cost
  • Participation Requirements
  • Turnover
  • Part-Time Help
  • Seasonal Help
  • Multiple Locations

But there is a solution. It’s Zane Benefits’ Pre-Tax Premium Payment (PPP).

  • Extremely Low Cost
  • Zero Participation Requirements
  • Increased Employee Retention
  • Both Full Time and Part Time Employees Eligible

PPP reduces the amount of money your company pays in FICA tax AND increases employee retention by providing a tax savings for your employees. PPP (Pre-Tax Premium Payment) is a Section 125 (similar to the 125 doc many companies may already have in place that allows pre-tax deductions of group premiums). PPP enables your employees to purchase their own personal health insurance coverage with tax-free dollars. By calling or emailing DeWitt Risk Management to implement PPP you can help your employees save between 20-40%. They obtain the savings simply by paying their own personal insurance coverage premiums with pre-tax dollars rather then after-tax dollars. Utilizing PPP also gives employees the benefit of being able to choose the personal health insurance coverage that is best for their individual situation and health needs. The benefits even extend to supplemental coverages (dental insurance, vision insurance, etc.)

In general terms, Zane Benefits’ PPP allows employees to select a pre-tax salary reduction. This amount can then be reimbursed back to the employee after their approved personal health insurance premium has been paid. Paying personal/family insurance coverage premiums with pre-tax dollars means savings that coincide with each employees tax bracket (typically a savings of 20-40%). This reduction in taxable income for each of your employees results in reduced FICA taxes for the company so PPP provides financial benefits to both the employer and the employee.

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Consider the following example:

A company named We Hire People has 25 employees. One of their employees is named Sally Worker. Sally Worker discussed her family’s specific health insurance coverage needs with an Individual Product Specialist at DeWitt Risk Management. After choosing the specific health insurance coverage that would best suit their needs, Sally Worker had a monthly health insurance premium of $500. Her income tax bracket is 25%. In this particular situation, Sally Worker will save $125/month by paying her individual health insurance coverage premium with pre-tax dollars through Zane Benefits’ PPP. With monthly savings at $125, Sally Worker will benefit from an annual savings of $1,500. Using this example, We Hire People gets FICA savings of $39.25/month (7.65% monthly savings). The annual FICA savings received as Sally Worker participates in Zane Benefits’ PPP adds up to $459.00. If we use Sally Worker’s savings as an average for the rest of We Hire People’s 25 staff members, we can estimate that offering employees the chance to save through Zane Benefits PPP provides FICA tax savings of $11,475.00 per year for the company.

Are you ready to calculate your company’s potential annual FICA tax savings? Give DeWitt Risk Management a call. We can provide each employee with the opportunity to calculate their potential savings by paying current personal insurance premiums pre-tax vs. after tax as well as providing employees without individual health insurance coverage with personal consultations to discuss potential coverages that suit their budgets. Offering PPP to your employees could mean substantial savings for your business.