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Tax collector: Taxes on domestic partners' health insurance is unfair

Palm Beach County Tax Collector Anne Gannon's office has been busy this week with anti-texting campaign and today released information on how she plans to help offset federal taxes on domestic partners' health insurance, a process she calls "unfair."

According to a press release from her office, Gannon, the Constitutional Tax Collector, has implemented a policy to offset additional taxes paid by employees with a registered domestic partner on the agency’s medical plan. The Domestic Partnership Tax Equity Program compensates for the federal tax charged to employees who cover their domestic partners as part of their health insurance benefit.

"Our employees in domestic partnerships are taxed on their partner’s medical coverage. Our married employees are not taxed on their partner’s health insurance," Gannon said.

"This is unfair.”

According to the news release, Gannon wrote that federal law requires employees with domestic partners to pay taxes on the full coverage amount of health insurance, including the employer contribution. That means Gannon’s employees with domestic partnership coverage pay hundreds of dollars a year in additional federal taxes. She will reduce the impact of these unfair federal taxes through an annual stipend of $500.

Gannon is among a handful of public offices nationwide to offer this benefit. Gannon began offering domestic partner coverage on medical, dental, and vision plans in 2006. Gannon lives in Delray Beach.

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David DiPino joined Forum Publishing Group in August 2006. As a reporter for the Delray Forum, David covers community news and writes a dining column twice a month that focuses on restaurants in South Palm Beach County.

He also is one of the writers of the twice-monthly Hometown Downtown column that looks at events, celebrations, and organizations in Delray and Boynton Beach. He freelances for the Sun-Sentinel during high school football and basketball seasons.

David spent 12 years working in the restaurant industry, and did just about every job in the back of the house, including line cook, sous chef, and dessert chef. A Florida native who lives in Jupiter, he studied Multimedia Journalism at Florida Atlantic University, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree. David enjoys playing the guitar, golf, boating and snorkeling during his free time.

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