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Questions tagged [fsa]

For questions that relate to flexible spending accounts in the USA, and any similar accounts in other jurisdictions. Use with an appropriate country tag.

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FSA pre paid to dentist

I am leaving my company. I have $1650 in my fsa that is available for use. I would like to pre pay my Dentist for services from my FSA card. Is that ok to do?
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Using a healthcare Flexible Spending Account at the same time as a Health Savings Account?

Here is my situation: I have the high deductible insurance plan. The coverage includes my wife, dependent daughter and mysef. I contribute to an HSA. My wife has her own insurance through her ...
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How much can we put into flexible spending account

My wife and I are going through a divorce, which will not be finalized before the end of 2018. We have three kids together and will be splitting custody. Both of us are trying to enroll in benefits ...
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How is an FSA's total annual amount of contribution available on the first day of coverage?

I'm walking through my open enrollment documents and there's this part that surprises me... Is the annual amount of the contribution available on the first day of coverage? HSA: No. Only the ...
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Health Management Reimbursement Accounts (HMRAs / HMAs)

I recently heard about an interesting alternative to HSAs called "Health Matching Account Services" ("HMRAs"/"HMAs"). However, most of what I can find out about them is on the very website of their ...
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Can we have both HSA and DCFSA

I was covered by my wife's HDHP with HSA plan from her employer with a deductible of 2500 (individual)/5000 (family). We recently became parents of a beautiful baby girl.I want to opt for health ...
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Tax advantage of FSA reimbursement vs. FSA direct payment

I signed up for an FSA for dependent care from my employer. The company that manages the FSA has informed me that the only way I can use my funds is for me to pay upfront using a regular credit card, ...
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Can a single expense be split between my and my spouses flexible spending account?

One of us got hearing aids this year which cost $4500. Can I submit this to my FSA and get the total amount I have for that account ($2600), and then let my spouse submit a claim on the spouses ...
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Changing FSA vs HSA contributions mid-year

Am I understanding things properly that HSA's allow arbitrary annual contribution changes mid-year so long as they are within the maximum amount for that year while for FSA accounts you elect your ...
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Dependent Care FSA versus Childcare Tax Credit

I have a two week old newborn. In reviewing my employer's benefits within the 30 day life event window, I have noticed we have a Dependent Care FSA, which seems an exciting benefit that I was not ...
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Switching benefits provider from HSA to FSA. Can I continue to claim the cost of my LASIK surgery?

I joined my current company in January and chose a Kaiser Permanente health insurance plan with a Health Savings Account (HSA), and chose the maximum contribution of $3,450 per year. The contributions ...
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Self employed FSA options

I am self employed in Ohio and on my husband's insurance. Is there an FSA type account that I can set up? We do not have a High Deductible medical plan so the MSA will not work for me either. I ...
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FSA or Personal HSA

Our employer (a hospital) only offers an FSA. Which recently switched when the insurance company changed. I am having to fight tooth and nail and spend hours submitting forms, phone calls and ...
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Switching doctors, can I get a refund of the FSA money and pay another doctor?

I want to switch from doctor 1 to doctor 2 for a dental procedure. I have paid doctor 1 around $3500 from FSA over two years since this procedure is costly and long, so I've been making advanced ...
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Laid off. Had FSA overages that I wasn't aware of. Can they collect?

I was abruptly laid off, and I wasn't aware of the FSA overages until after my departure. I realize I'll sound like a weasel, but can they collect? They paid out more than the annual limit and they ...
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Eligible Expenses for Dependent Care FSA

I have a similar issue as this question (Can I pay past expenses using an FSA opened midyear?) but with a Dependent Child FSA. Child had preschool expenses Jan - May. Had full amount elected, but I ...
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Is it mandatory to have health insurance?

Is it mandatory to have health insurance? Assuming that I contribute $200 monthly, which for 12 months is costing me around $2400, and don't use the insurance, then having only FSA with a fixed ...
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I have both an FSA and HSA. How can I fix this mistake?

Expecting a lot of medical expenses in 2017, I signed up for both the medical FSA and HSA offered by my employer. Unfortunately, my employer did not mention that it was against the rules to have both. ...
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Married filing separately: Can I have an FSA while my husband has an HSA?

If my husband and I file our taxes as married but filing separately and I am covered under his HDHP with HSA can I have an FSA through my employer? His employer will contribute $1400 to HSA but our ...
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401k deductions and ability to use a dependent care FSA

My wife works part-time, and typically makes around $20k per year doing so. We try to put as much of her income as we can into her 401k, so that'll be $18500 next year. Next year we're considering ...
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Dependent Care FSA: What if my spouse is a full-time student AND works?

I work full-time. My employer provides access to a dependent care FSA. My wife goes to school full time and as a result we have dependent care expenses for two eligible dependents. She also works part ...
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HSA/FSA, changing health plans mid year, concurrent coverage

My family is on the HDHP offered by my employer which has both an HSA and an LPFSA. The plan is on a calendar year (Jan 1 - Dec 31). We want to move to the plan offered by my wife's employer which not ...
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Does year of payment matter for Dependent Care FSA?

I have a Dependent Care FSA at work, and have exhausted the funds for this year during the first half of the year (as I typically do). I will be eligible to use it for one more year, as my youngest ...
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Can my former employer reimburse my FSA expense due to their error?

Ok, so this is a bit convoluted. To be clear, this is not a "use it or lose it" question, nor is it a question of overspending contributed amounts before leaving (I'm well aware of how all that works)....
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How do you budget for medical expenses if you pay most of your medical expenses from a FSA?

In the past, I've had separate line items for drugs, medical expenses (e.g. copays for doctor's visits), and insurance premiums. However, I now have a medical FSA and am paying most of my medication ...
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Small business: offering an FSA without an administrator

I work for a very small company (only 2 other employees) that pays well but offers no benefits. I'd really like my employer to offer me a Dependent Care FSA. I'm sure he'd agree as long as it 1) doesn'...
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Are there tax-advantaged accounts (e.g. HSA, FSA) for retired Social Security recipients?

Medicare doesn't cover 100% of my medical and dental expenses. Is there a tax advantaged plan I can start to contribute to in order to pay them? I have no employer to 'offer' one.
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Is FSA spending eligible if the service is prior to Plan Year but the payment is within it?

Background: My employer's Plan Year is the fiscal year, so for this issue it concerns Sep 1, 2016 through Aug 31, 2017. We were expecting a baby in mid-Aug 2016, so knowing charges would be coming in ...
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FSA Limits after switching employer, employer has non-calendar benefits year

I have recently left a job in mid January where I had signed up for an FSA in the previous election period. At the end of January I also enrolled in an FSA. I found out that at my new company, the ...
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FSA Rollover Funds - Leaving Company

I had $600 left over in my WageWorks Health Care FSA at the end of 2016. I am not contributing anything in 2017. WageWorks tells me that $500 will roll over after the window to submit 2016 claims ends,...
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Switch from HSA/Limited FSA to FSA only

In 2016 I had a High Deductible Health Plan/HSA and a Limited FSA through my employer. For 2017 during our open enrollment I decided to not use a HDHP, and chose a PPO Plan. In addition, I selected a ...
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What is the rationale behind an FSA being “Use it or Lose it”?

One of the biggest gripes most people have with the Flexible Spending Account is the rule that you must "Use it or Lose it". This can lead to people frantically running around just before their money ...
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Claiming FSA money for a nanny share?

We are two families (A & B) going for a nanny share (1 child each). A will be the principal employer where her paystubs come from (children will always stay at A's house, A has the insurance and ...
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What happens with my HCSA contributions if I leave my job on disability and then return later in the year?

Health care spending account contribution balance as of 1/1: $2500. Major Health issue + expenses. Went to short-term disability on 2/2. Spent the whole $2500 in my HCSA by 2/10. My total contribution ...
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Am I eligible to use a dependent care FSA if my spouse works half-time and goes to school half-time?

I work full time. If my wife worked full time we would be eligible to use a dependent care FSA. If my wife went to school full time we would be eligible to use a dependent care FSA. But my wife works ...
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Does WageWorks / FSA verify your claim submissions with your health provider?

I underwent a medically necessary treatment with my healthcare provider as soon as my insurance went into effect for the current period, and paid via an FSA card. Shortly after, I was required to ...
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My employer changes the fsa plan year. What happens to me?

My employer will change from a July-June plan year for my fsa to a January to December plan year. I have already used up a 2500 dollar allowance for July 2015 to June 2016. What does this mean for the ...
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Rebates and FSA's

We signed up for an FSA this year, but usually pay cash for D's prescription and get the rebate. It's a significant amount of money. It takes the copay from $160 to $25. I'm just so used to submitting ...
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How do I handle forfeited dependent care FSA money on my taxes?

I forfeited $1300 in dependent care FSA (missed deadline). I spent $3800 total on daycare expenses. $1300 showed up on my W2 form. I use Turbotax. Do I need to do anything different on my tax forms ...
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Is information on my Dependent Care FSA claim form shared with the IRS?

What happens after I list my nanny's personal information with the FSA to claim dependent care reimbursement? Is this information shared with the IRS and will she be responsible for taxes?
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Can my spouse and I file jointly if I have an HSA and she has an FSA?

My spouse has an FSA account, and I have an HSA account. We are on separate health insurance (mine is eligible for an HSA account). Are we allowed to file jointly or do we have to file separately?
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Clarification on opening a Flexible Savings Account

I haven't opened the FSA account during the open enrollment period. Now I have some medical expenses. I might have to pay more than $500 from my own pocket. When I checked with my insurance agent, ...
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Is it possible to shift taxable wages on a tax return?

To clarify my intentions first, this is strictly a question I had out of curiosity. To start, this does relate to my tax return, but here is the situation. This is the first year I started to use a ...
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Would parking at a parking lot near or in my residence prevent me from paying for it with my transit FSA?

So: The IRS defines Qualified Parking as parking at or near your place of employment. It also includes parking on or near the location from which an employee commutes to work using public transit, ...
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How does FSA work in case of change in employment?

I have a Dependent Care account with WageWorks from my previous company. I left my previous company in July'15. There are still $2000.00 in WageWorks account. Now WageWorks is not letting me claim any ...
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Service in 2014; Billed in 2015 for Balance; Can I pay from 2015 FSA Funds?

My son went to the dentist on 9/22/2014. After the insurance paid a portion of the $125 fee, I was billed $53.60 on 2/25/2015. I submitted my FSA card to cover the balance on 3/12/2015. When the ...
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Accidentally contributed to a dependent care FSA instead of health/vision FSA, what are my options?

I put $750 into what I thought was a health/vision limited FSA this year through my employer. Apparently, this is actually a dependent care FSA. I don't know how this happened (whether it was my error ...
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If both spouse employers offer dependent care FSAs, can I use both for the same child?

My employer offers a $5000-cap FSA for using pre-tax dollars for dependent care reimbursement. My spouse's employer offers an identical plan. Different employers. Our annual dependent care expenses ...
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Can I deduct the cost of LASIK eye surgery from my taxes?

I was planning on putting some money aside into an FSA account to cover LASIK. However, I found out that under current rules, there's a maximum of $2,550 that can be put aside for the year, which does ...
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Is there any state tax (California) advantage to putting money into a limited purpose FSA versus putting it all into an HSA?

For example, I will not be contributing enough to max out my HSA contributions, so would there be any benefit to putting extra money for my child's braces into the LPFSA, or should I just put it all ...