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With a Dependent FSA, are expenses incurred in the current calendar year, but before mid year enrollment eligible?

In the United States with a Dependent FSA, are expenses incurred in the current calendar year but before mid-year enrolment eligible? e.g., if I enroll in November for the 2021 calendar year, are ...
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Are the HSA and FSA bad deals?

As I understand it, the HSA and FSA accounts are intended to provide individuals with a way of not paying tax on money they spent on healthcare. The individual sets up the account to receive a portion ...
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Reimbursement from insurance after FSA reimbursement received

A couple months ago, I had a dental appointment and, since my dentist is not in-network, I had a substantial bill. I submitted this expense to my flex spending account (FSA) for reimbursement, and I ...
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What should I do if my Dependent Care FSA amounts are inconsistent?

Box 10 (for dependent care FSA) shows $4423. I elected, contributed, and was reimbursed 5000 according to the benefit provider, but only actually had 4423 withheld according to the payroll provider. ...
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How does one spouse being highly compensated affect family FSA limits?

If one spouse is considered a Highly Compensated Employee (HCE) (and has dependent care FSA contributions capped), and the other spouse (who works at a different company) is not, is the dependent care ...
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Dependent Care FSA Payment - Bill Before End of Plan, Due Date After Plan Year Ends

My Dependent Care FSA plan year ends on 3/31/21. The plan says the last day to incur expenses is 3/31/21 and the last day to submit requests is 6/30/21. If I get a bill sent to me before 3/31/21 with ...
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Where can I find a definitive list of FSA/HSA qualifying expenses?

I was recently informed that the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act expanded the list of eligible HSA/FSA expenses to include things such as feminine hygiene products and over ...
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I started a new job, want to switch my wife to my new insurance. Can I open an HSA if she had an FSA on her previous plan?

I've been searching for a clear-cut answer to this for a while, to no avail. My employer benefits advisor's guidance was unsatisfactory, and my CPA hasn't gotten back to me about it. And so...once ...
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My dentist charged me for PPE and my insurance won't cover it. Can I use my FSA to pay for it?

I recently visited my dentist for my semi-annual checkup. The checkup is covered by my insurance, but when I reviewed the EOB after the visit I noticed a $20 charge with code D1999/Unspecified that my ...
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Is preschool closure (due to the pandemic) a qualifying event for Dependent Care FSA?

I'm trying to figure out of closure of my daughter's preschool meets the qualifying event criteria so that I can reduce my dependent care FSA contributions. I've read a few places online that change ...
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HSA/FSA eligibility and Last Month Rule

Spouse has had an HSA eligible plan but because I had an non-limited FSA throught my employer we had not been able to contribute to the HSA. Last year we decided to get rid of the FSA, the FSA ...
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Submitted one medical expense to two FSA acounts. How much trouble am I in?

Both myself and my spouse have FSA accounts through our jobs. We both submitted the same medical expense to each of our individual accounts. Is there a penalty for doing that? Do FSA companies submit ...
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Hospital Payment Plan - FSA account

I have a large hospital expense coming up in the next week and was planning on signing up for a monthly payment plan. Currently, I am not enrolled in FSA account for the 2019-2020 period. We are in ...
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Opening an FSA with dormant HSA

A long time ago, I opened an HSA account. Now my employer is offering me an FSA account. So long as I don't contribute to the HSA account, can I keep it for later and only contribute to the FSA ...
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Dependent Care FSA Reimbrusement

I had FSA with past employer from Jan to Sept 2019 and then switched Job with new employer and started FSA amount with the rest of the limit. All my dependent care expenses were till Sept 2019 but ...
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Residual FSA account funds

Each year I put some money into my FSA which will allow me to pay for prescriptions (and other medical costs) tax free. The problem is, you lose any amount not used by the end of the year (or shortly ...
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Moving from Family HDHP/HSA, to individual HDHP/HSA and individual FSA?

A similar question was asked here, but in this case they were looking to move to a family plan. Wife has FSA with employer, and my new employer offers an HSA plan. What to do? My situation is my ...
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Does Dependent Care FSA limit reset if I change jobs?

Let's say I have contributed and used $5,000 in 2018 for my dependent care FSA. Late in the year, I get a new job. Can I contribute to the new account for 2018? According to Zenefit, the healthcare ...
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Cannot be reimbursed by commuter benefit FSA after being let go?

I spoke with support for the commuter benefits card that I was using with my prior employer. I have until June 30th to request these funds to be reimbursed as is typical with an FSA. When I applied ...
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How to manage FSA Dependent Care

What is a good strategy to manage FSA Dependent Care accounts. Since the money is "use it or lose it" I want to make sure that I use all of the money I put into that account. The max contribution is $...
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Who determines what is FSA Eligible?

I have a Limited Purpose Flexible Spending Account and I recently added its debit card to my Amazon account which has an FSA eligible store. Items are explicitly marked FSA eligible like shown in the ...
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Could my FSA from my previous job disqualify me from doing an HSA with my new one?

I had my previous job 2015 through August 2018. Near the start of the job, I remember contributing something like $200 to an FSA. I regretted my decision (since I hate dealing with FSA complications) ...
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Dependent Care FSA mid year election

We have a dependent care FSA in 2018 via my company sponsored plan and I contributed $5000 for 2018. My open enrollment started recently and I realized my company has put a limit on my contribution ...
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How are FSAs handled when you change jobs?

For my 2019 benefits from my company I enrolled for $1000 in an FSA account. So as of Jan 1 I have $1000 available to spend, but in late Feb. I changed jobs and I have one more check being issued to ...
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How do I submit receipt for FSA reimbursement for my spouse's medical expense?

I and my two children are under Kaiser, while my husband is under a different medical plan (BlueShield of CA). I enrolled in medical FSA while he is not. I read online that his medical expense can be ...
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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 ...