If you are unable to work because of a non-work related injury or illness, Intuit’s short-term and long-term disability plans help protect you financially by replacing a portion of your income. This coverage can help protect you from severe financial hardships if you are not able to work. Regular full-time employees working 30 hours or more per week automatically receive coverage for:
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The short-term disability (STD) plan pays 100% of your base earnings for the first eight weeks, with no weekly maximum, and 70% of your base earnings for the next 17 weeks, up to a maximum of $4,615 per week. STD benefits begin on the eighth day of your disability and continue for up to 180 days. After that, if you’re eligible, long-term disability begins paying benefits. STD benefits are provided through Aflac (previously Zurich).
You qualify as disabled if:
- You suffer an injury or illness (physical and/or mental) that prevents you from earning at least 80% of your base pay.
- Your pregnancy complications prevent you from doing your job.
- You contract or are exposed to a communicable disease (e.g., tuberculosis or chickenpox), and your doctor (or a bona fide health official) states, in writing, that you must stay away from work.
- You are under treatment for alcohol or drug abuse. You must participate in an accredited program to qualify for benefits. If you participate in outpatient treatment, you must attend the program for a minimum of six hours per day, five days a week.
If you work in a state that has a state-mandated disability plan (such as California) and you become disabled, you’ll receive a combined benefit from your state disability plan and STD plan.
The long-term disability (LTD) plan picks up when STD ends, if you become totally disabled and are unable to work after 180 days of continuous disability. LTD benefits pay a benefit of 66 2/3% of your base earnings, plus commissions and IPI Bonus target, up to a maximum $30,000 per month. The LTD plan is insured by Aflac (previously Zurich).
Generally, you are considered totally disabled if, as a result of injury or illness, you cannot perform the essential functions of your job in the first 24 months following your injury or illness. After the first 24 months, you are considered totally disabled if you cannot perform the duties of any occupation for which you are reasonably qualified, given your education, training and experience.
Reduction of LTD Benefits
Your LTD benefits may be reduced if you receive income from other sources, such as:
- Social Security benefits
- Workers’ compensation benefits
- Payments from or on behalf of a third party who is responsible for your disability
- State disability benefits
Discontinuation of LTD Benefits
You’ll continue to receive LTD benefits for as long as you remain totally disabled, until one of the following occurs:
- You reach age 65 (although you may be eligible to receive benefits beyond age 65 if you become disabled at or after age 62).
- You fail to furnish proof of your disability.
- You die.
Taxation of LTD benefits
An Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rule known as the "three-year look back" may be used to determine how your benefits are taxed. Under this rule, the IRS develops a ratio between company-paid coverage (before-tax) and your after-tax coverage to calculate the tax, if any, on the LTD benefits you receive.