IRS Gives Break on Flexible Spending Plans

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The IRS has granted relief for 125 cafeteria plans, health flexible spending arrangements, and dependent care assistance programs.

In Notice 2020-29, the IRS has:

  • Extended claims periods for taxpayers to apply unused amounts remaining in a health FSA or dependent care assistance program for expenses incurred through December 31, 2020.
  • Expanded the ability of taxpayers to make mid-year elections for health coverage, health FSAs, and dependent care assistance programs, allowing them to respond to changes in needs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Applied earlier relief for high deductible health plans to cover expenses related to COVID-19, and a temporary exemption for telehealth services retroactive to January 1, 2020.

Notice 2020-33 increases the limit for unused health FSA carryover amounts from $500 to a maximum of $550, as adjusted annually for inflation.

The drawbacks?

The rules are very specific, and the notices go into great detail on how exactly the new rules work. Fortunately, Notice 2020-29 contains examples so those who have elected the relevant plans can see more clearly how to take advantage of the new rules.

How might this impact you?

Give us a call. We’d be happy to discuss how this change impacts your company.