Taxable Benefits and the IRS

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Certain benefits may be taxed if you become disabled, depending on how the premiums were paid during the year of the disabling event. Payments, such as disability, from coverages purchased with pretax premiums and/or nontaxable employer credits, will be subject to federal income and employment (FICA) tax. If premiums were paid with a combination of pretax and after-tax dollars, then any payments received under the plan will be taxed on a pro-rata basis. If premiums were paid on a post-tax basis, you will not be taxed on the money you receive from the plan.

You can elect to have federal income tax withheld by the provider just as it is withheld from your wages. Consult your personal tax adviser for additional information.

In addition, FICA and Medicare taxes will be withheld from any disability payments paid through six calendar months following the last calendar month in which you worked prior to becoming disabled. Thereafter no FICA or Medicare tax will be withheld.
You will be required by the IRS to pay FICA, Medicare, and federal income taxes on certain other benefit payments, such as those from Hospital Indemnity Insurance, Personal Cancer Expense Insurance and Hospital Intensive Care Insurance, that exceed the actual Healthcare expenses you incur, if these premiums were paid with pretax dollars and/or nontaxable employer credits. If you have questions, consult your personal tax adviser.