What Is an FSA?
A tax-free way to plan for your healthcare costs
If you expect to incur medical expenses that won’t be reimbursed by another plan, employer-sponsored flexible spending accounts (FSAs) are a great way to save money while covering those costs.
- You can save an average of 30% on qualified out-of-pocket healthcare expenses by using pre-tax dollars
- Your full election amount is available on Day 1 of the plan year — like an interest-free, tax-free loan
- FSA dollars are “use it or lose it,” so be sure to not set aside more money than you think you will use within a calendar year
Flexible spending accounts
2021 maximum contribution is $2,750
FSA tax benefits
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For illustrative purposes only. Savings calculations are based on the Federal tax rate listed in the table and 7.65% FICA. Your tax situation may be different. Please consult your tax advisor.
Frequently Asked QuestionsView All ›
Elections can only be altered if you experience a change in status as defined by IRS regulations, such as a marriage, divorce, birth, or death in your immediate family.
Yes, over-the-counter medications are an eligible expense. An OTC medication is a product with an active drug ingredient. A few of the most common items are pain relief medication, cold and flu products, allergy products, and heartburn medication. You can find a comprehensive list on the FSA Store website.
You can submit claims for reimbursement at any time during the same plan year that you incur the expense. You may also have a run-out period at the end of the plan year. Check the summary plan document your employer provided.
With a healthcare FSA, your entire annual election amount is available on the first day of the plan year even though you haven’t yet contributed that amount.
Expenses are incurred at the time the medical, dental, or vision care was provided, not when you are invoiced or pay the bill.
Most FSAs cover eligible expenses for you and all of your dependents, even if they’re not covered under your primary health plan. For more specific coverage details, please refer to your employer’s Section 125 document.