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Today the IRS officially announced under Revenue Procedure 2018-57, the 2019 annual inflation adjustments for more than 60 tax provisions, including the tax rate schedules, and other tax changes. Included in the announcement is the inflation adjusted 2019 limits for Health Care flexible spending accounts (FSA) under an IRC Section 125 cafeteria plan and the Parking and Transit account limits under and IRC Section 132 Transportation Plan.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Health Care Reform, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: Revenue Procedure 2018-57 , Health FSA Limit 2019 , Transportation Plan Limits 2019

Dependent Care FSA Considerations at Open Enrollment

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Why should you consider the Dependent Care FSA at Open Enrollment this year. We will review some key concepts and outline the advantages that the Dependent Care FSA can provide.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: Dependent Care FSA , Flexible Spending Account , Dependent Care Tax Credit , DCTC , Form 2441

Advantages of Stacking Limited Health FSA with HSAs

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Some may think that enrolling in a Health Savings Account (HSA) means that you no longer can or need to participate in a Health Care flexible spending account (FSA) and that is not necessarily true in all circumstances.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: Limited Health Care FSA , HSA , Health Savings Accounts , FSA
Most notably a projected increase to the 2019 Health Care FSA limit of $50 or an annual maximum is $2,700 per plan year.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Health Care Reform, Compliance | Tags: Health Care FSA , Flexible Spending Account , Projected Health Care FSA Limit , $2700 per plan year , Affordable Care Act , Tax Reform , C-CPI-U , 2019
For purposes of the cafeteria plan nondiscrimination testing, the employer will use gross annual compensation which includes all taxable wages the employee receives from the employer, adds back any pre‐tax benefits the employee elects, as well as adds any taxable benefits the employee receives.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: Cafeteria Plan , Nondiscrimination Testing , HCFSA , DCFSA , Flexible Spending Account , FSA , IRS , Annual compensation , Gross Compensation , W-2
The IRS requires that any organization that offers a cafeteria plan (or in other words, a pre-tax benefit plan) must perform various tests on the plan annually at the end of each plan year to determine if the plan is nondiscriminatory. In other words the plan cannot favor highly compensated employees.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: IRS , Nondiscrimination Testing , Key Employees , Highly Compensated Employees , Non-Highly Compensated Employees , FSA , Premium , Cafeteria Plan
If you are looking at implementing a Health Savings Account during this upcoming 2019 open enrollment season, you should carefully review the details of your existing benefit plan(s), in order to identify any issues and make any required modifications in advance when possible to preserve HSA eligibility.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: HSA , Health FSA , HRA , Health Savings Account , Health Care Flexible Spending Accounts , Health Reimbursement Arrangements , HSA Headaches , Disqualifying Coverage , Qualified HDHP , HDHP , Rollover , Grace Period , HSA eligibility
On July 23, H.R.6199 Restoring Access to Medication and Modernizing Health Savings Accounts Act of 2018 and H.R.6311 Increasing Access to Lower Premium Plans and Expanding Health Savings Accounts Act of 2018 were approved 8-4 in a party line vote by the House Rules Committee. During the proceedings, 2 amendments were offered and both failed. Consequently, the two bills moved on to the House floor. On July 25th under a closed-rule process, the H.R.6199 vote passed with bipartisan support in a 27...
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Categories: Benefits in General, Health Care Reform, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: HR 6311 , HR 6199 , HSA , FSA , HRA , House , Restoring Access to Medication and Modernizing Health Savings Accounts Act of 2018 , Increasing Access to Lower Premium Plans and Expanding Health Savings Accounts Act of 2018
For purposes of the Health Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA), medical expenses are incurred when the employee (or the employee’s spouse or dependents) is provided with the medical care that gives rise to the medical expenses, and not when the employee is billed, charged for, or pays for the medical care. The only exception to this rule is orthodontia expenses that are reimbursed based upon contract payments for ongoing service. This means we have to pay special attention to dates when expens...
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: Health FSA , Medical Expense , IRS Code Section 1.125-6 , Substantiation , Incurred Date , FSA , Flexible Spending Account

Consumer Driven Health Care Activity on the Hill

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The House Ways and Means Committee marked up several bills mid-July that would raise contribution limits for health savings accounts (HSAs) and expand the allowable uses of these accounts, at a cost of $41 billion over ten years, the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) estimates. Collectively all the bills would cost an estimated $92 billion over the next ten years.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Health Care Reform, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: HSA , Health Savings Accounts , FSA , Flexible Spending Account , OTC , Internal Revenue Code , Medicare and HSA eligibility , Premium Tax Credit , Medical Device Tax , Cadillac Tax , IRS , ACA , HDHP
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