Cafeteria Plan Administration, Why Would You?
I’d like to discuss why you would look into cafeteria plan administration and more specifically focus on Cafeteria Plan Administration vs. Paying Employees Money Directly. One can make an argument for either, but choosing Cafeteria Plan Administration has its advantages.
IRS code allows for employers to implement a pre-tax Section 125 Cafeteria Plan, which allows for unreimbursed insurance expenses to be paid pre-tax. Examples include insurance premiums, doctors office co-pays, prescription co-pays, eye exams, eye glasses, contact lenses, laser eye surgery, orthodontics, and more…
Here are the facts:
- A Section 125 Cafeteria Plan is easy to implement
- You will be able to do so with little or zero out-of-pocket dollars
- It will save your company FICA taxes
- It’s an easy way for you to strengthen your benefits program and improve employee morale because it will save your employees 17% to 40% in taxes (depending on their income tax bracket)
- It’s a regulated benefit by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
- It will only allow for eligible medical, dental, vision, and daycare expenses to be run through the plan ensuring the plan is used properly.
If you were to simply add money onto an employees paycheck to cover such expenses, you don’t know how that money will be used. For example, Bob could take his paycheck and stop by the local pub before heading home. Truth be told, implementing the Section 125 Cafeteria Plan gives you control over these dollars to ensure they’re being used for out-of-pocket medical, dental, vision, and/or daycare expenses.
Note that you may implement a pre-tax 125 Cafeteria Plan and either administer in-house or outsource the ongoing administration. If you’re looking for plan documentation or outsourced administration, contact BusinessPlans, Inc. by phone at 800.865.6543 or check out the myCafeteriaPlan.com