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The UT FLEX Advantage . Pay Fewer Taxes and Reduce Your Medical and Daycare Costs... with UT FLEX!. “What is the UT FLEX Advantage?”. Well, this phrase really means:. “SAVE ON TAXES BY USING UT FLEX!”. How can you LOWER YOUR TAXES?.

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The UT FLEX Advantage

Pay Fewer Taxes and Reduce Your Medical and Daycare Costs...

with UT FLEX!


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“What is the UT FLEX Advantage?”

Well, this phrase really means:

“SAVE

ON TAXES

BY USING UT FLEX!”


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How can you LOWER YOUR TAXES?

  • Decide how much money to put in your UT FLEX account monthly.

  • Enroll in UT FLEX.

  • Taxes are withheld based on your pay minus the amount you set aside monthly.

  • Use the UT FLEX money to reimburse yourself for out-of-pocket medical and/or daycare expenses.


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Two Types of Accounts

  • Medical Expense Reimbursement Account

  • Day Care Expense Reimbursement Account


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Examples of Eligible Medical Expenses

  • Co-payments, Deductibles, and Coinsurance for Medical, Prescription Drug, Dental, and Vision Plans

  • Birth Control Pills and Infertility Treatment

  • Eyeglasses; Eye Exams; Contact Lenses; Lens Solution

  • Laser Eye Surgery


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More Examples of Eligible Medical Expenses

  • Some Over-the-Counter Items

  • Orthodontia

  • Prescription Drugs

  • Acupuncture and Chiropractic Care

  • Hearing Testing, Hearing Aids, and Hearing Aid Batteries


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Examples of Eligible Day Care Expenses

  • Care of a dependent under age 13;

  • Care of a dependent who is physically or mentally incapable of caring for himself or herself;

  • Custodial or elderly care

  • Dependent day care


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Examples of Eligible Day Care Expenses

  • Summer camp, excluding overnight camps

  • Before / after school care

  • Sick child facility

  • Au pair services

  • Montessori school

  • Nanny, including FICA and FUTA


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What does this mean for you?$$$$$ and Tax Advantages!!

When you have eligible medical and/or day care expenses:

  • You submit a claim.

  • You are reimbursed with tax-free dollars from your UT FLEX account.


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Here is an example of how the UT FLEX Advantage works.

  • Maria Esquivel works in a research laboratory at the Health Science Center.

  • Her salary is $30,000 per year.

  • She is basically healthy and has one daughter in day care.

  • What can using the UT FLEX Advantage do for Maria Jean?


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Maria Esquivel’s Medical and Day Care Expenses

  • Daughter’s day care: $4000/year

  • Medical expenses: $720/year


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How Much Can You Set Aside?

You can set aside as little as $15 per month per account.

You can set aside as much as $416 per month per account.

Note: The amounts will vary if you and your spouse file separate tax returns. In that case, the yearly maximum per account is $2500.


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How Do I get Started with UT FLEX?

  • Read your Group Insurance Handbook during Annual Enrollment this July.

  • Use the Savings Calculator at www.UTFLEX.com to estimate “known” expenses for the upcoming plan year.

  • Access the UT TOUCH online system during Annual Enrollment in July and select your annual election!


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How do I get money from my accounts?

  • Use the Flex Convenience Card for direct, immediate access to your Medical Expense Reimbursement Account. This card works like a regular credit card. OR

  • Complete a UT FLEX claim form and submit it to PayFlex Systems, Inc. (administrator) via fax or mail. OR

  • Use Express Claims at www.UTFLEX.com.


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Four Important Facts about UT FLEX

  • The “Use It or Lose It” Rule: Consider last year's expenses carefully. Then estimate your medical and day care expenses for the upcoming plan year. Any account balance remaining after the payment of claims will be forfeited.

  • If you use the Flex Convenience Card, save your receipts. Periodic audits require you to supply proof of expenses to comply with federal regulations.


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  • At the end of each 12 month plan year, you have an additional 2 ½ months to spend the balance in your Medical Expense Account.

    In other words: You have a 2 ½ monthgrace period to submit more claims and spend your remaining money!

    4.You have until November 30 following each plan year to submit all claims!


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How can I learn more about additional 2 ½ months to spend the balance in your Medical Expense Account. UT FLEX?

  • Call the Benefits staff in the Office of Human Resources at 567-0123.

  • Visit http://www.payflex.com/utflex/

  • Call PayFlex Systems, Inc. at (866) 887-3539 (UTS-FLEX).


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The UT FLEX Advantage additional 2 ½ months to spend the balance in your Medical Expense Account.

Pay Fewer Taxes and Reduce Your Medical and Daycare Costs.

UTHSCSA Office of Human Resources

May 2006


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