Dependent Care FSA - Human Resources at Ohio State

Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account

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A Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA) allows you to set aside pre-tax money to pay for eligible dependent care expenses for your qualified dependents. Eligible dependent care expenses are those incurred to allow you (and your spouse, if married) to work, look for work or attend school as a full-time student. Examples of eligible expenses may include child care facility fees, before-school and after-school care or local day camp. Review a comprehensive list of eligible expenses

You can contribute anywhere from $250 up to $5,000 annually, per family, to a Dependent Care FSA.

Note: Dependent Care accounts cannot be used to reimburse a dependent’s health care expenses.

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Dependent Care FSA Details

(subject to eligibility to participate in the FSA Program)

Deadline extended for 2021 Flexible Spending Account filing deadline
The university is extending the filing deadline for 2021 Health and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA) claims. This is a one-time allowable extension due to COVID-19. FSA participants with 2021 balances have until May 31, 2022, to submit claims with all required documentation. There is no change to the claims-incurred dates or grace period, which remain January 1, 2021, to March 15, 2022. Participants can view balances and submit claims by logging into Workday. Click Benefits and My FSA/HRA to access TASC, the university’s FSA vendor. Read more about Deadline Extended for 2021 FSA Claims Filing.

Plan Year: Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2021
Pre-tax payroll contributions made during the plan year.

Incurred Expense/Reimbursement  Window: Jan. 1, 2021 – Mar. 15, 2022
Incur eligible expenses to be reimbursed from the funds in your FSA(s). This date window includes the grace period.

Reimbursement Filing Deadline: Mar. 31, 2022
All requests for reimbursement must be received by TASC no later than March 31, 2022 or you will forfeit the unclaimed balance in your FSA(s).

(subject to eligibility to participate in the FSA Program)

Plan Year: Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2022
Pre-tax payroll contributions made during the plan year.

Incurred Expense/Reimbursement  Window: Jan. 1, 2022 – Mar. 15, 2023
Incur eligible expenses to be reimbursed from the funds in your FSA(s). This date window includes the grace period.

Reimbursement Filing Deadline: Mar. 31, 2023
All requests for reimbursement must be received by TASC no later than March 31, 2023 or you will forfeit the unclaimed balance in your FSA(s).

FSA participation is voluntary and employees must enroll during open enrollment, within 30 days of employment in an eligible appointment, or within 30 days of a qualified status change, as described in “Limitations on Changes to an FSA Election” in the FSA Specific Plan Details.

Eligible dependent care expenses are those incurred to allow you (and your spouse, if married) to work, look for work or attend school as a full-time student. Examples of eligible expenses may include child care facility fees (excluding lunches, transportation and educational services), before-school and after-school care, local day camp, in-home babysitting fees (income must be claimed by your care provider), nursery school and preschool (preschool expenses are eligible if the amount paid for schooling cannot be separated from the cost of care). Review a comprehensive list of eligible expenses

If you incur an eligible dependent care expense, you may be reimbursed from your Dependent Care FSA by:

  • Filling out a Reimbursement Claim Form and faxing or mailing it to TASC with copies of appropriate receipts.
  • Filing a claim online: go to Workday, click on the “My FSA/HRA” link under Benefits. Scan and upload the appropriate receipts.
  • Filing a claim using the TASC App and using your mobile device to take a photo of appropriate receipts.

Note: You can only be reimbursed up to the then current balance in your Dependent Care FSA when you file the request for reimbursement.

Your reimbursement will be placed on the TASC Card in a separate cash account known as MyCash. Access your MyCash funds three ways:

1. TASC Card

Swipe the TASC Card at any merchant that accepts Mastercard.

2. ATM

Withdraw cash at an ATM (request a PIN online first).

3. Direct Deposit

Once your request is approved, your reimbursement will be deposited into your bank account in less than 72 hours if funds are available. Setting up direct deposit is easy:

  • Go to Workday and click “My FSA/HRA” under the Benefits header.
  • Click “MyCash balance” and select “Schedule a balance transfer.”
  • Select when you want the transfer to happen.
  • Click “Add new account” and enter your bank information.
  • Set the transfer threshold (minimum $25) or transfer date and click “Submit.”

This is intended to be an overview. Refer to the Plan Document for complete information. In the event the information on these pages differs from the Plan Document, the Plan Document will govern.

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