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IRS Announces 2021 Health Care FSA Limits

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Today, the IRS officially announced the 2021 annual inflation adjustments for multiple tax provisions, including the adjusted 2021 limits for Health Care flexible spending accounts (FSAs).
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Categories: Benefits in General, Health Care Reform, Compliance | Tags: Revenue Procedure 2020-45 , Health Care FSA Limit 2021 , 2021 FSA Limits , Rollover limit
Some flexible spending account (FSA) participants have the unfortunate experience of forfeiting, or losing, unused funds from their Health Care FSA and/or Dependent Care FSA because they don’t understand their plan provisions. It is important for everyone involved in FSAs to understand which plan provisions provide time to file claims after the end of the plan year, such as runout, and when the plan includes optional features that provide more time to incur expenses, such as grace period and ro...
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Categories: Benefits in General, Health Care Reform, Compliance | Tags: Health Care FSA , Dependent Care FSA , Runout , Grace Period , Rollover , HSA eligibility , COVID Relief , 2020-29
Annually, the maximum salary reduction for the Health Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA) is increased based on inflation measured by the average chained Consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers (CPI-U), for the 12-month period ending August 31st. The August 2020 CPI-U was released this week and Thomson Reuters has reported on projected inflation adjustments for 2021 health, charitable, compliance and other specialty items.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Health Care Reform, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: Health Care FSA , FSA , Plan Limits , Inflation , CPI-U

IRS Releases Cafeteria Plan Relief

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On Tuesday, May 12th, the IRS released a pair of notices that affect cafeteria plans and flexible spending accounts (FSAs). These notices give employers the opportunity to add extended grace periods to FSAs, increase the maximum rollover amount on Health Care FSAs, and/or allow their participants to make mid-year cafeteria plan election changes if their needs change during the pandemic.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: IRS Notice 2020-29 , IRS Notice 2020-33 , Permitted Election Changes , Cafeteria Plans , Health Care FSA , Dependent Care FSA , Grace Period , Rollover , Amendments

What Benefit Changes Can I Make Due to COVID-19?

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Many employers are having to make difficult decisions regarding staffing during the national pandemic due to COVID-19. Employers are faced with staff leave of absence situations including layoffs, furloughs, and reduction in hours. This leads to questions regarding what changes employees are able to make to their benefits as a result.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: Permitted Election Changes , Section 125 , Health Care FSA , Dependent Care FSA , Transportation Plans
When an employer is implementing a Health Savings Account (HSA) qualified high deductible health plan (HDHP) for the first time, or when they offer it as one plan option among many, it is important for employees to understand how other coverage can impact their HSA eligibility. This includes plans from the prior plan year that extend benefits into the new plan year, such as standard Health Care Flexible Spending Accounts with rollover.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: HSA , Health Savings Accounts , Flexible Spending Account , FSA , Health Care FSA , Rollover
When an employer is implementing a Health Savings Account (HSA) qualified high deductible health plan for the first time, or when they offer it as one plan option among many, it is important for the plan participant to understand how other coverage can impact their HSA eligibility. This includes plans from the prior plan year that extend benefits into the new plan year, such as standard Health Care Flexible Spending Accounts with Grace Period.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: HSA , Health Savings Accounts , Flexible Spending Account , FSA , Health Care FSA , Grace Period

IRS Announces 2020 Health Care FSA Limits

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Today, the IRS officially announced the 2020 annual inflation adjustments for multiple tax provisions, including the adjusted 2020 limits for health care flexible spending accounts (FSAs).
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: 2020 FSA Limits , Health Care FSA Limit 2020 , Revenue Procedure 2019-44

Advantages of Offering an FSA with Your HSA

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Some employers consider discontinuing the Health Care Flexible Spending Account (HCFSA) once they begin offering a Health Savings Account (HSA) qualified high deductible health plan. Doing this actually limits access to pre-tax benefits for both the employer as well as plan participants. Rather than discontinuing an HCFSA, consider offering an HSA compatible HCFSA for dental and vision expenses. This provides a richer benefits package and maximizes the tax savings for both employer and employ...
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: HSA , limited health care FSA , FSA , limited purpose , tax savings , stacking
The answer will be different depending upon if the employee has a cafeteria plan with run out, grace period or rollover. The employee is not eligible for an HSA if he/she has disqualifying coverage.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: HSA , Health Care FSA , Limited Health Care FSA , Health Savings Account Eligibility , Grace Period , Run out period , Rollover
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