Health Allowance

The health allowance is a company-provided benefit to enable you to purchase private health coverage beyond government provided health insurance. We want you to stay healthy and with the health allowance, you have the flexibility to purchase a health cover for yourself and your family.

How Much Health Allowance Can I Receive?

Full-time and part-time Intuit Australia employees are eligible to receive the health allowance. The amount you receive is based on who you cover.

Eligible Family Members

For the health allowance, family includes:

  • Spouse or domestic partner (same or opposite gender)
  • Children up to age 21, and up to age 25 if they are in an educational institution.

How Can I Avail the Health Allowance?

You receive the health allowance in your paycheck to use toward purchasing private health cover. You will see this as a separate line item on your paycheck. The allowance amount you receive is based on your marital status in Workday. This will determine if you fall under single or family cover.

To ensure you receive the correct amount of health allowance for your personal situation, please log onto Workday and update your marital status. You can choose from multiple marital status categories:

  • Common Law: Someone who has not gone through a formal marriage proceeding, but is treated as married by law, generally because they have been living together for an extended period of time and holding themselves out as married
  • Divorced: legally separated without kids
  • Head of Household: The primary financial provider for the household. Usually used only for tax reasons, not other benefits
  • Married: Legally married
  • Separated: Legally not divorced
  • Single: Not married, divorced, or separated
  • Unknown: Choose not to disclose
  • Widowed: Deceased spouse, without kids
  • Domestic partnership: In a domestic partnership with same or opposite gender
  • Single parent household: Single parent (single, divorced, separated, widowed) with kid(s)

Your paycheck will include the allowance based on your martial status in Workday as of the payroll cut-off date (20th of the month). Any changes captured after the 20th of the month will be reflected in the following month’s payroll and are not retroactive. Irrespective of changes in marital status, the status in Workday as on the payroll cut-off date will be considered as final towards eligibility for the allowance amount in the current month’s payroll. If your martial status in Workday is not updated, you automatically receive the allowance for single cover.

Things to Remember

  • Important timelines: When you have a life change, update your marital status before 20th of the month.
  • Tax impact: The health allowance is a taxable component. When you have private health insurance, you can claim a tax rebate as a refundable tax offset through your tax return. Contact a tax advisor for questions on how this can apply to you.
  • Impact to superannuation: The allowance will be entitled to employer superannuation contribution.
  • Impact to IPI / Sales Incentives: The health allowance is another element of your salary called out separately than base, and it will not be considered as a part of IPI calculations. Sales incentives are based on your quota levels and achievement and thus will not be impacted by the health allowance in any way.
  • Leaves of absence / unpaid leave: When you are on unpaid leave you will not receive the health allowance as this is a part of your paycheck. If you are on unpaid leave for a few days in a month you will receive prorated allowance based on the number of days you worked.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do I apply for the health allowance?

You don’t have to apply for it. It is a part of your paycheck and you get it by default. The amount you get though depends on whether you fall under the single or family cover eligibility, which is based on your marital status in Workday.

Why is the health allowance prorated?

  • If you are a new joinee, you will receive a prorated amount for the first month based on your number of working days that month.
  • If you are exiting Intuit, for your last month here you will receive a prorated amount based on your number of working days that month.

What happens when I have a life event, like getting married, that impacts my allowance amount?

You will need to update your marital status in Workday. The payroll team’s cut off date is the 20th of every month. So your paycheck will include the allowance based on your martial status in Workday as of the payroll cut off date (20th of the month).

If you have a change in status (for example, you get married), you’ll need to update your marital status in Workday. Changes made after the 20th of the month will be captured in the following month’s payroll and will not be retroactive.

I got married a long time ago but I haven’t updated my marital status in Workday. What amount of health allowance am I entitled to?

The month when you update your marital status in Workday is when you’ll start receiving the health allowance amount for family cover. Changes made after the 20th of the month will be captured in the following month’s payroll and will not be retroactive.

I already have a private Insurance. Am I still eligible to receive the health allowance?

Yes, this is a default part of your paycheck. There is no change to your private insurance or how you pay for your plan.

Do I need to submit any proof of purchasing health insurance to get the health allowance?

Intuit’s intent is to enable you to purchase health insurance, we trust our employees to use the allowance for the said purpose. No proof is required to receive the allowance however proof of cover may be required should there be an audit.

I’m confused by the various categories that fall under marital status, how do I know which one corresponds to my marital status?

Here are the different categories, their interpretation per the health allowance benefit:

  • Common Law: Someone who has not gone through a formal marriage proceeding, but is treated as married by law, generally because they have been living together for an extended period of time and holding themselves out as married
  • Divorced: legally separated without kids
  • Head of Household: The primary financial provider for the household. Usually used only for tax reasons, not other benefits
  • Married: Legally married
  • Separated: Legally not divorced
  • Single: Not married, divorced, or separated
  • Unknown: Choose not to disclose
  • Widowed: Deceased spouse, without kids
  • Domestic partnership In a domestic partnership with same or opposite gender
  • Single parent household: Single parent (single, divorced, separated, widowed) with kid(s)

I am not sure I'm getting the right allowance in my paycheck, how do I confirm?

The allowance is determined by your marital status as indicated in Workday. Single, Widowed, Divorced, & Unknown statuses provide single cover health allowance and all others provide family cover. If you feel your marital status is incorrect, make the correction in Workday.

What happens to the health allowance if I exit Intuit?

You stop receiving the health allowance.

I’m a new employee. Do I need to fill out any forms to get the health allowance?

By default you will receive the health allowance. If your status is not captured in Workday by your first month payroll (cut-off date 20th of the month) you will receive a single cover health allowance. Once you update your status in Workday, you will receive the allowance applicable to your status.

How can I change my marital status in Workday?

You can update your personal information in Workday. Find out how to do this on Insight.

When does the allowance get paid?

The allowance gets paid with your paycheck every month and is indicated as a separate line item on your paycheck.

If I declare a change in marital status due to a life event that changes my allowance from family to single cover will my pay and other elements get impacted?

If your marital status change moves you from family to single eligibility, your health allowance amount gets reduced to the single cover. Your health allowance will be entitled to employer superannuation contribution.

What is the payroll cut-off date for Australia employees?

20th of every month

How does this affect my superannuation?

The allowance will be entitled for employer superannuation contributions.

I’m part-timer. Will I get the health allowance?

Yes, you will get a prorated allowance, as your pay will get prorated

I’m on a leave of absence. Will I get the health allowance?

If you are on an unpaid leave of absence, you will not receive the allowance. You will get a prorated allowance if you are on a leave of absence for a few days in a month, based on the number of days worked.

Intuit is expecting me to purchase a health plan on my own, can I get some help with a recommendation of where to look/ who to contact to make an informed decision?

Yes, we’re giving you the choice to select a plan based on your own specific family needs and requirements. We understand you may be new to this process and might need help. As a part of our relationship with Willis Towers Watson, you can explore the health plan options provided by HCF. They provide corporate rates and plans to Intuit employees. For any further information, you may reach HCF on the help line: 1800 880 049 / 13 13 34 (for existing members). You can also email corporatesales@hcf.com.au.