If you are in a committed relationship and not married, your partner may be eligible to enroll as your qualified domestic partner though the university. Qualified domestic partner coverage includes both same-sex and opposite-sex domestic partners.
Criteria for a Partnership
You will need to document your domestic partnership with a signed Affidavit of Qualified Domestic Partnership, and meet all of the following criteria:
- You are one another's qualified domestic partner and intend to remain so indefinitely.
- Neither of you is married to someone else.
- You are both age 18 or older and competent to give this certification and declaration.
- You are not related to each other by blood to the extent that would prohibit legal marriage in the state where you legally reside.
- You live together in the same residence, have done so continuously for the past six months, and intend to do so indefinitely.
- You are jointly responsible for your common welfare and financial obligations. You will need to attach evidence, such as copies of federal income tax return listing one of you as a dependent of the other, mortgages, leases, titles to real or personal property, or a Certificate of Domestic Partnership from your town or county, to your affidavit. The university may request other proof of your joint financial responsibilities or common welfare.
You must notify Tufts Support Services within 30 days if there is any change in the status of your qualified domestic partnership.
How a Partnership Affects Your Taxes
Qualified domestic partners are not tax dependents and do not have access to pre-tax medical, dental, or vision coverage. Your qualified domestic partner's health plan payroll deduction will be calculated on an after-tax basis. In addition, the Internal Revenue Service deems the employer-paid share of the health plan premium for your qualified domestic partner as income to you. This means you will be taxed on this part of the payment as well.
If you have any tax questions, please consult your personal tax professional. Tufts University cannot provide legal or tax advice.