Medical reimbursement treated as income for child support


#1

My employer currently does not offer health insurance, however they reimburse me for a certain amount that I pay for my own policy, purchased outside the company. I also cover my children under the same policy. The reimbursement is less than the total amount I pay, but more than I pay for “my portion” of the insurance.

I received new child support calculation sheets listing my income as my gross salary PLUS the health insurance reimbursement amount (which is significantly more than my gross salary alone). I informed the child support person, and she said I would have to argue how I felt it needed to be calculated in court. It’s not how I feel it should be, even the IRS doesn’t treat it as income, and I’m sure they would if they could. Is this normal, and what recourse do I have other than now arguing it in court? Is the judge likely to use math this creatively as well?


#2

The reimbursement is properly classified as income since it is received from your employer on a regular, recurring basis. What needs to happen is that the cost of the insurance attributable to the children’s insurance, is included in the calculation.