Yes, added a non dependent to your health insurance is considered a fringe benefit
, which is taxable, as you already have found out. Based on the following list, you will not be able to remove your partner until the next open enrollment. SEE BELOW:
The Internal Revenue Service
) provides guidelines on when employees can and cannot make changes to their pre-tax
benefit programs. The categories listed below reflect the “Qualifying Life Events” that are required by the IRS for a change to be allowed and most are addressed separately in other guides.
You change your legal marital status, which includes marriage, death of spouse, divorce
, legal separation, or annulment.
Your dependents change due to birth, adoption, placement for adoption, or death of the dependent.
You, your spouse, or your dependents terminate or commence employment.
You, your spouse, or your dependents reduce or increase their hours of employment.
Your dependents cease or commence to satisfy the requirements for coverage due to attainment of age or student status.
You, your spouse, or your dependents change place of residence or work.
You, your spouse, or your dependents are entitled to coverage under Part A or Part B of Medicare
, or Medicaid.
You, your spouse or your dependents commence or return
from an unpaid leave of absence such as Family and Medical
Leave or military leave.
You receive a court order to provide coverage for your child
There is a substantial change (at least $50 per month) in the premiums and/or benefits in the plan covering dependents. Example: Spouse covers dependent child (ren) and the cost of spouse’s coverage increases at least $50 per month, dependents can be added to your plan.
You stop the withholding
of premiums from your pay.
If none of the events listed apply to an employee’s situation, the employee will need to wait for the next annual enrollment period in order to enroll or make changes to their benefits. There are some exceptions as listed below, or you may contact the Employee Benefits
Office to discuss your situation with an analyst.
You may be able to argue the fact that you were not told that adding your partner would be considered a fringe benefit, however, I don't know if that will make a difference. Nothing beats a failure but a try.
Let me know if I can be of further assistance to you regarding this matter.