Definition of Deductions: Pre-tax | Before-Tax Deductions

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Deductions: Pre-Tax (Before Tax) Definition

Pre-tax deductions are deductions from gross wages before taxes have been withheld. The advantage of a pre-tax deduction is to reduce taxable wages and taxes.

Deductions: Pre-Tax (Before Tax) Extended Definition
Pre-tax deductions can reduce an employee’s federal, state, and local taxes (e.g., FICA taxes and income taxes). Qualified pre-tax deductions can also include:

These deductions can be offered as an employer-paid deduction, an employee-paid deduction, or a combination of the two.

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Maria Tanski-Phillips | Feb 23, 2023

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