Dependent Care FSA - Human Resources at Ohio State

Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account

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)

Plan Year: Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2017
Pre-tax payroll contributions made during the plan year.

Incurred Expense/Reimbursement  Window: Jan. 1, 2017 – Mar. 15, 2018
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, 2018
All requests for reimbursement must be received by TASC no later than March 31, 2018 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, 2018
Pre-tax payroll contributions made during the plan year.

Incurred Expense/Reimbursement  Window: Jan. 1, 2018 – Mar. 15, 2019
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, 2019
All requests for reimbursement must be received by TASC no later than March 31, 2019 or you will forfeit the unclaimed balance in your FSA(s).

FSA participation is voluntary and employees must enroll during open enrollment, within 31 days of employment in an eligible appointment, or within 31 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 FSA/HRA Reimbursement Claim Form and faxing or mailing it to TASC with copies of appropriate receipts.
  • Filing a claim online: log on to Employee Self Service, click on the My FSA/HRA link under Benefits. Scan and upload appropriate receipts.
  • Filing a claim using the Benefits by eflex mobile 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

With several options for reimbursement, it’s easy to access the funds in your Dependent Care FSA.

Direct Deposit
With direct deposit, reimbursement of any claims you file is quick and easy. Once a claim is approved, your reimbursement will be deposited into your bank account in less than 72 hours. Online account management also gives you the flexibility to direct reimbursements to one or more accounts. Setting up direct deposit is easy:

  • Log on to Employee Self Service or OneSource and click “My FSA/HRA under Benefits.
  • Click “Tools & Support
  • Click “Change Payment Method” and follow prompts to set up direct deposit.

Check
If you have not set up direct deposit, a check for approved claims that you file will be mailed to your home address.

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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