Sometimes called “flexible reimbursement accounts,” flexible spending accounts allow you to set aside money to pay for certain kinds of medical, dental and childcare expenses before taxes are assessed on that income.
Contributions are made throughout the calendar year, and eligible expenses must be incurred within that calendar year or within the grace period; if you don’t use all eligible funds from your account, the remaining amount is forfeited. Typically you pay your bill first and submit your receipts to Group Dynamics for reimbursement.
- Full-time or half-time faculty or staff.
- Covers expenses for self, spouse and dependent children.
- Please review the Summary Plan Description for more eligibility details and consult with Human Resources for specific situations.
Medical Flexible Spending Account
Eligible employees can elect between a minimum of $250 and a maximum of $2,500 in a calendar year on a pre-tax basis for certain health care needs for yourself, your spouse or your dependent children (up to the age of 26). Please note that you may not opt for an Medical FSA account if you are participating in an HSA plan.
Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account
Eligible employees can elect between a minimum of $250 and a maximum of $5,000 in a calendar year on a pre-tax basis for certain care needs of dependent children through the age of 12.
The University of New England has added a time extension at the end of the plan year during which you may incur eligible expenses and be reimbursed from your Flexible Spending Account. We have a 2.5 month “grace period” after our plan year of January 1 through December 31.
This means that you have until March 15 to incur medical or dependent expenses and until May 30 to submit any claims incurred during the previous plan year or during the grace period.