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The definition of a domestic partner (same sex and opposite sex) for the purpose for administering applicable benefits is an individual who is registered by an eligible employee with a notarized affidavit and supporting documentation attesting that the domestic partner is:
At least eighteen (18) years of age, competent to enter into a contract; and
Each other’s sole domestic partner and intend to remain so indefinitely and are emotionally and financially responsible for each other’s common welfare; and
Not legally married to another individual; and
Not related to each other by blood in a manner that would bar marriage in the State of Ohio; and
In a relationship that has been in existence for twelve (12) consecutive months or more, and has shared a residence for twelve (12) consecutive months or more and;
Has allowed at least twelve (12) months to pass since the termination of any previous domestic partnership.
Eligible dependent children of the domestic partner of a University employee are also eligible for healthcare, dependent life, and fee waiver according to established University procedures, healthcare and life insurance benefit plan documents, and/or applicable bargaining agreements.
The following employee leaves will be modified to include time off for domestic partners of University employees and their eligible family members:
Family and Medical Leave Act
The following benefits will be extended to eligible University employee’s domestic partner and the partner’s eligible children:
Medical, prescription, vision, and dental insurance upon payment of the applicable premium
Dependent life insurance upon payment of applicable premium
Tuition fee waiver
Access to the programs, service and facilities of the University
Flexible spending accounts are governed by IRS rules. The IRS does not recognize domestic partner status, therefore, reimbursement for an eligible domestic partner’s or the partner’s children’s healthcare and/or dependent care expenses cannot be administered through a flexible spending account.
Benefit Plan Enrollment
Medical Plans (includes prescription, dental and vision)
Enrolling a domestic partner in University sponsored medical plans is subject to the same plan provisions that apply to a spouse and child. A domestic partner who accepts a different benefit or cash incentive in lieu of coverage through his/her employer will not be eligible for The University of Toledo’s coverage. Enrollment in the University’s medical plans is limited to an annual Open Enrollment period and mid-year changes are restricted to thirty (30) days following the date on which a domestic partner or child of the domestic partner becomes newly eligible.
Dependent children of the domestic partner are eligible for medical benefits if the following conditions are satisfied:
The child is unmarried; and
The child is a natural child, stepchild, legally adopted child, foster child or a child who has been placed under the legal guardianship of the domestic partner; and
The child is less than twenty-five (25) years of age; and
The child is considered a “Dependent” of the domestic partner for tax exemption purposes under Section 152 of the IRS Code of 1986; and
The child is a member of the employee’s household.
Eligibility for medical coverage for all dependent children terminates at the end of the calendar year in which the child attains the age of twenty-four (24), unless the child qualifies for coverage due to status as a disabled child.
Dependent Life Insurance
New employees have thirty (30) days from their date of hire to enroll for dependent (domestic partner and/or dependent child of the domestic partner) life insurance. To apply for dependent life insurance after this time period, employees must provide evidence of insurability for each dependent for which dependent life insurance is sought.
Dependent children of the domestic partner are eligible for dependent life insurance if the following conditions are satisfied:
The child is unmarried; and
The child is a natural child, stepchild, legally adopted child, foster child or a child who is dependent on you for main support and living with you in a regular parent-child relationship; and
The child is 14 days to the end of the calendar year in which the child turn age 24.
Eligibility for life insurance for all dependent children terminates at the end of the calendar year in which the child attains the age of twenty-four (24).
Tuition Fee Waiver
Employees who meet the eligibility criteria may apply for the tuition fee waiver for their domestic partner and/or child of a domestic partner. Please see applicable provisions of the University policy manual or respective collective bargaining agreements for the length of time a University employee must be employed by the University in order for his/her domestic partner and/or child of a domestic partner to be eligible for tuition fee waiver.
Eligibility for tuition fee waiver for all dependent children terminates once the child is no longer considered a personal exemption under Section 152 of the Internal Revenue Code for federal income tax purposes. Employee must complete tuition fee waiver questionnaire for dependent children.
Although federal law does not require the University to provide COBRA health care continuation coverage, the University will provide such equivalent coverage to eligible domestic partners and the partner’s eligible children under the same circumstances as for an employee’s spouse and children. Eligible domestic partners of University employees and the partner’s eligible children must apply for COBRA equivalent benefits within sixty (60) days of the date that eligibility for medical insurance ends. Failure to timely notify the University will result in the forfeiture of COBRA health care continuation coverage.
Domestic Partner Benefits Application Process
To apply for domestic partner benefits a Domestic Partner Affidavit must be completed, required supporting documentation must be provided, as well as, applicable enrollment forms. The following steps should be taken:
Request a Domestic Partner Packet from the Human Resources office or obtain the packet via the Human Resources website
Consult an attorney and tax advisor concerning any legal obligations that may be created by the affidavit.
Complete the affidavit and have it notarized.
Submit the applicable benefit enrollment form (s), notarized affidavit and required supporting documentation to Human Resources Office (Attention: Benefits, MS 405) for review.
A copy of the approved affidavit will be returned to you only upon request.
Registration of a domestic partner may take place any time during the year; however, enrollment in health care and life insurance benefit plans is governed by the same enrollment periods as those for a spouse and/or children of the employee. If an application for health care or life insurance is later than thirty (30) days after the initial date of eligibility, the participant shall be a late enrollee and, except as provided under “Special Enrollment Date” for qualifying events as provided under applicable plan documents, coverage for eligible domestic partner and/or child of a domestic partner shall not become effective until the first day of the next year following the next open-enrollment period.
Confidential. Information provided in the Affidavit of Domestic Partnership used to register and/or apply for domestic partner benefits will be kept confidential to the extent permitted by business necessity and the law. For example, documents may be disclosed in response to a court order, subpoena, or public records request. Additionally, the University will need to share information with University administrators to make appropriate payroll and tax deductions and with third parties with whom the University contracts for benefits programs.
Termination of Domestic Partner Relationship
Employees who have enrolled for domestic partner benefits must notify the University within thirty (30) days of the termination of the relationship by submitting a “Termination of Domestic Partnership” form. The form is available upon request from the Human Resource office.
Eligibility for benefits for the former domestic partner and his/her children ends on the last day of the month of the date of termination of the relationship. An employee’s failure to notify the University of the termination of the domestic partner relationship constitutes fraud and may result in liability for claims paid for ineligible services to both the employee and their domestic partner, disciplinary action including cancellation of the employee’s medical and other insurance, and up to and including termination of employment under the provisions of University policy or applicable law or collective bargaining agreement. Additionally, failure to timely notify the University of the termination of the relationship jeopardizes COBRA equivalent health care continuation coverage for the former domestic partner and his/her children.
Due to unanticipated legal obligations that may be created between the employee and partner by submitting an Affidavit of Domestic Partnership, the University advises both parties to consult an attorney for advice.
The information contained in this document summarizes only the main features of the University’s benefit plans. If there are any discrepancies between this document and the Plan itself, the actual provisions of the Plan will govern.
Important Tax Information
PLEASE READ THIS NOTICE CAREFULLY
Employees applying for domestic partner benefits (including medical insurance and tuition fee waivers) should be aware that such benefits have significant tax consequences. This statement is not intended as tax or legal advice but rather to alert employees of the potential tax ramifications. Under current Internal Revenue Code provisions, the “fair market value” of certain benefits is considered taxable income to the employee and must be included on their W-2. Under current federal law, domestic partners do not share the same status and corresponding tax benefits as those of a legal spouse. The University must report the fair market value of certain domestic partner benefits as wages to the Internal Revenue Service and make additional tax withholdings from the employee’s pay.
These taxes can be avoided only if the employee is eligible to claim the domestic partner and/or the partner’s child as a tax dependent under IRC Section 152. In this case, the employee should submit a Certification of Tax-Qualified Dependents form to the Human Resources Office.
The amount of the additional taxable income for medical coverage depends upon the plan in which the employee is enrolled, employee salary and the resulting level of coverage (employee + one, family)
Example 1 – If medical benefit with a calculated cost to the University of $360/month is provided to a domestic partner, not meeting the dependent qualification test under IRC regulations, and the employee’s monthly deductible from their check is $150; the monthly taxable portion to the employee is $210 ($2,520 annually). The annual amount will be included on the employee’s W-2.
Example 2 – A domestic partner takes a four hour undergraduate class at the University under the fee waiver program. The Fair Market Value of the program (based on 05/06 tuition rates) of $1,071.64 ($267.91/hr X 4) is taxable and included on the employees annual W-2. Only the portion covered by fee waiver is taxable (imputed income), any lab or tech fees are not as the employee or the domestic partner is required to pay this. The fee waiver portion will be included on the employee’s W-2.
Example 3 – A domestic partner who utilizes the Rec-Fit Program provided by the University. The fair market value is taxable and will be included on the employee’ W-2.
|Benefit||Domestic Partner and/or Eligible Child(ren) do NOT meet the definition of a Tax Qualified Dependent||Domestic Partner and/or Eligible Child(ren) meet the definition of a Tax Qualified Dependent|
|Medical Benefits||Taxable||Not Taxable|
|Tuition Fee Waiver||Taxable||Not Taxable|
|Access to Programs, Services, and Facilities||Not Taxable if at Fair Market Value is reimbursed to University||Not Taxable in certain circumstances|
 If an employee considers certifying his or her partner as a tax dependent, consulting a tax advisor is recommended. Falsely certifying a tax dependent may result in charges of tax fraud by the IRS and disciplinary action (including termination) by the University. This document is not specific legal or tax advice.