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originally posted: 11/22/2006  reposted: 2/18/2011 This post has not been recently reviewed or revised by the author and may be out of date. If in doubt, please send a new question or ask for an update.

Q: I read that I cannot deduct the cost of my health insurance on my individual tax return but that if my employer deducts it from salary and then pays the bill, then it is a tax-free benefit. Is that true?

A: Yes. An employer usually sets this up through a simple "Flexible Spending Account" program for employees. Freedom Benefits can set this up, provide documents and instruction and help set up the payroll to ensure that you receive the maximum tax benefit. The cost is a flat $150 and the tax savings will be substantially greater for both you and your employer.


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