What is a Cafeteria Plan?
Also called a tax-advantaged benefits plan, a cafeteria plan is a type of employee-benefit program recognized by section 125 of the Internal Code.
How Does a Cafeteria Plan Work?
Let's assume Company XYZ employs 100 people and would like to start health insurance. It contacts an insurer and opens a cafeteria plan. The plan allows employees to buy medical, dental and vision insurance on a pretax . Through the plan, the company also decides to adoption assistance and group term-life insurance. A flexible spending arrangement (FSA) is also a common cafeteria plan benefit.
Company XYZ contributes to the cafeteria plan by taking deductions from employees' salaries (those who participate in the plan). Those deductions are not subject to FICA or unemployment .
A cafeteria plan, by name, allows employees to choose which benefits they want from the plan. It must have a written document that explains who is eligible to participate.
Why Does a Cafeteria Plan Matter?
Cafeteria plans allow employees to purchase benefits with money and helps employers retain talent.that has not been taxed. This saves a considerable amount of