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By choosing to waive participation in premium conversion, you lose the opportunity to take advantage of the tax savings that it provides. Please see the example below (please note savings vary by location since state and local tax savings usually exist in addition to Federal tax savings):
Self and Family
Yearly FEHB premium:
Federal income tax savings
FICA tax savings (7.65%)
The quickest way to determine the amount of money you will save yearly is simply to calculate (separately or combined) the tax rate multiplied by the total amount of health insurance premiums. These examples show the savings for a typical employee in the 28% tax bracket:
These examples do not include savings on state and local taxes.
Under OPM's premium conversion plan, the qualifying life events (QLEs) that may allow you to change your premium conversion election are:
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