New Tax Credit Benefit for Domestic Partners of Florida’s Orange County Employees
Orange County’s tax collector is attempting to even things up between straight employees who can get legally married and LGBT employees who cannot.
Scott Randolph, Constitutional Tax Collector, has instituted the Domestic Partnership Tax Equity Policy which establishes a stipend to reimburse tax collector’s office employees who are discriminated against by the federal tax code’s treatment of domestic partner health benefits.
The stipend is not considered salary, as that would be taxed. The amount depends what coverage the employee seeks -which depends on whether it’s just the employee’s partner added to their health care or children as well-but will range from $350 to $1,300 annually.
"It really makes the employee whole and doesn’t penalize them for wanting to add their partner or their children to their health care," Randolph said.
Randolph said signing up for the domestic partner registry would be considered a qualifying event, and employees who have done that can qualify for the stipend immediately. New employees or employees who have not yet qualified would have to wait until open enrollment in October to apply for the stipend.