TSS - Ex-Spouses or Domestic Partners on Health, Dental or Vision Plans

Ex-Spouses or Domestic Partners on Health, Dental or Vision Plans

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First Published  :Wed Oct 25 13:38:49 GMT 2017
Last Modified  :Tue Apr 14 13:17:58 GMT 2020
Last Published  :Tue Apr 14 13:17:58 GMT 2020
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    AccessTufts Benefits Information

    You may be eligible to cover an ex-spouse under the university health, dental, and vision plans, if both of the following circumstances apply:
    1. Your ex-spouse was covered by the university’s benefit plans immediately before the divorce, and 
    2. You are required by court order to provide coverage for your ex-spouse. You must provide a copy of the court order to Tufts Support Services (TSS) within 30 days of receiving it. 
      You can only cover a spouse or an ex-spouse. A current spouse and an ex-spouse cannot be covered by the same employee at the same time.
    You may be eligible to cover a Qualified Domestic Partner if you meet all of the criteria specified and if you submit a Domestic Partner Affadavit and the required documentation. For more information see Domestic Partners.
    You must notify Tufts Support Services within 31 days if there is any change in the status of your ex-spouse coverage.

    How Covering an Ex-Spouse or Domestic Partner Affects Your Taxes
    Ex-spouses and Domestic Partners are not tax dependents under federal law, therefore, the value of the university and employee contributions for health, dental and vision insurance for an ex-spouse or Domestic Partner is considered taxable. Depending on your coverage level, this value could be reported on your paycheck as a post-tax payroll deduction and as taxable imputed income. Imputed income is the taxable value of a service or benefit provided by an employer. 


    2019 Domestic Partner/Ex-Spouse Benefit Rates
    2020 Domestic Partner/Ex-Spouse Benefit Rates

    If you have any tax questions, please consult your personal tax professional. Tufts University cannot provide legal or tax advice.


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