Flexible Spending Account “Use it or Lose It" rule changes and FSA deadline

Did you forget about your Flexible Spending Account (FSA)? As you’re prepping for the holiday season, it’s easy to overlook the upcoming FSA deadline. But, there is still time to use your leftover funds before the December 31 FSA deadline (if you have that deadline – check with your FSA administrator).

Recently, the IRS and U.S. Treasury Department made some big changes to the dreaded FSA “Use it or Lose it” rule. Employers now have several options to offer employees with an FSA: either they can allow for up to $500 to be carried over in FSA funds to the next year or they can allow for a grace period extension. The grace period gives FSA holders two and a half additional months to use their FSA after the plan year ends. But, employers can’t offer both options, and also don’t have to offer either option. Learn more on our blog about FSA “Use it or Lose it” changes. It’s best to contact your FSA administrator to find out the details of your FSA and how your plan might be affected by the changes.

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