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The Truth About Personal Finance (Collection) by Kay S. Bell, Steve Weisman

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Truth 25. Tax-favored employer-provided benefits

Happy employees are more productive employees. That’s why companies offer benefits. The bonus for workers is that many benefit programs also offer tax savings.

Tax code provisions play a major role in workplace retirement plans. You also might be able to reduce your tax bill while staying healthy, caring for your kids, adding to your family, or finally getting your graduate degree. Some workplaces even provide tax-advantaged ways to get you into the office.

The key to maximizing these benefits is knowing just what your company offers and which ones fit your circumstances. Here are some programs to ask your human resources office about.

Retirement accounts—Companies used to bear most of ...

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