COVID-19 PPE Approved for FSA, HRA, HSA Reimbursement

The fight against COVID-19 has expanded to the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE) items with employer-sponsored benefit accounts. On Friday, March 26, the IRS released Announcement 2021-7, which approves PPE purchased for the primary purpose of preventing the spread of COVID-19 as medical expenses under section 213(d) of the Internal Revenue Code. The regulation allows … Read more

FSA Shopping – Use It, Don’t Lose It!

2020 has been a trying year for everyone. With so many people at home and not following their normal spending habits – whether personal, pleasure, and healthcare – it’s quite possible that your remaining FSA balance is larger than normal. In fact, FSAStore.com estimates that the average FSA account holder has 30-35 percent more in … Read more

IRS Announces 2021 FSA Contribution Limits, Max Carryover, and More

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published Rev. Proc. 2020-45, announcing annual limits for Flexible Spending Account (FSA) contributions, maximum carryover amounts, and Transportation benefit (Transit/Commuter/Parking) contribution limits. FSA, LPFSA, and related limits for 2021 will remain the same as they are for 2020. Learn more about 2021 FSA contribution limits and other updates below. 2021 FSA … Read more

FSA and HSA: Can You Have Them at the Same Time?

During open enrollment, a question people commonly ask is, “Can I have an FSA and HSA at the same time?” Both accounts are popular because they help people save on healthcare expenses and increase their tax savings. Let’s take a look at both accounts and see if you can have an FSA and an HSA … Read more

Enrollment Season: Should I Sign Up for an FSA?

Benefits enrollment season is right around the corner. In addition to health, dental, and vision insurance, some companies offer other benefit options like commuter benefit accounts and consumer directed healthcare (CDH) accounts. Depending on your company’s benefit plan, you may be wondering – should I sign up for an FSA? What is an FSA? An … Read more

COVID-19: FSA and DCAP Account Updates

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 emergency in March, the federal government has released several modifications to healthcare benefits to assist American companies and workers handle the economic stress, such as the CARES Act. In May, two additional notices were published, allowing mid-year election changes for health Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) and Dependent Care Assistance Programs … Read more

FAQs: Employer Benefits, COVID-19 Testing, and More

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Congress and the IRS have recently acted to provide relief to American worker and companies. With the passage of the CARES Act, updates to HDHPs, HSAs and other measures, there are a lot of questions about these changes. See below for answers to COVID-19 testing and other questions about … Read more

Employer Benefit Updates: Cadillac Tax Repeal and PCORI Extension

Congress Repeals Cadillac Tax and Extends PCORI

In December 2019, funding legislation was approved by Congress and signed by President Trump. In addition to approving federal spending for 2020, the bill also repealed the Cadillac Tax and extended PCORI – which are important for employers. Learn more below about these new details regarding healthcare benefits. Cadillac Tax Repeal Officially known as the … Read more

6 Interesting Ways to Spend Your FSA Dollars

At the end of the year, people who have a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) may be worried about their “use it or lose it” dollars. Even those who have the carryover provision (up to $500 max) on their FSA plan may need to spend down their balances to get under the threshold. Never fear! We … Read more

Dependent Care FSA: Benefits, Eligible Expenses, and More

People generally associate Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) with healthcare. However, did you know there is a type of FSA that can be used for childcare and other dependent expenses? With a Dependent Care FSA, also known as Dependent Care Assistance Plan (DCAP), employees can set aside money to cover various dependent care costs while they … Read more