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Benefits-eligible active employees may enroll in UT FLEX flexible spending accounts (FSAs). FSAs allow you to set aside money from your earnings before taxes are withheld to put into an account used to pay certain out-of-pocket health care expenses with the Health Care Reimbursement Account (HCRA) or qualifying dependent day care expenses with the Dependent Care Reimbursement Account (DCRA). This reduces the amount you pay in taxes and increases your spendable income. If you are enrolled in the HCRA, you also have the added convenience of the UT FLEX Debit Card to pay for eligible expenses at the point of service.
In most cases you save about 30% on your Federal taxes. The average tax savings for a person earning $50,000 who contributes $2,000 into an FSA account is approximately $600.
| Health Care
| Dependent Day Care
|What can be reimbursed?*||Medically necessary health care expenses, including dental and vision related expenses incurred and paid during your period of coverage. Expenses paid by insurance are not eligible for reimbursement.||For children under age 13 or qualified disabled dependents of any age who are claimed as dependents for federal income tax purposes. Dependent day care expenses that are necessary for you and your spouse (if married) to work or attend school full-time, such as child care services in a home, licensed day care, and adult day care.|
|How much can I contribute?||$15 minimum contribution per month. Total contributions cannot exceed $2,550 per plan year per employee for federal income tax filing purposes.||$15 minimum per month up to a maximum of $5,000 per plan year; or up to a maximum of $2,500 per plan year if married filing separate federal income tax returns|
|Debit Card Fee||No fee||N/A; debit card not available for DCRA|
|How do I get reimbursed for eligible expenses?||
- Use express claims at utflex.com
- Mail or fax a paper claim
- Pay with a UT FLEX debit card
- Use PayFlex Mobile™
|- Use express claims at utflex.com
- Mail or fax a paper claim
|When Can I Get Reimbursed?||First day of your enrollment in the plan||As soon as your first contribution is deducted from your pay and put into your account. Reimbursement can be made only up to your available account balance.|
|Last Day to Incur Expenses||November 15 after the end of the plan year||August 31 (Last day of the plan year)|
|Claim Filing Deadline||November 30 after the end of the plan year||November 30 after the end of the plan year|
To qualify as a tax-exempt plan, the UT FLEX flexible spending accounts must comply with all applicable Internal Revenue Service requirements including:
These UT FLEX spending account plans are “use it or lose it" plans. Any amounts you do not use throughout the plan year (and during the grace period for health-related expenses) will be forfeited, so it is very important to plan carefully.
If you plan to use a combination of the UT FLEX DCRA and the “Credit for Child and Dependent Care Expenses” on your federal income tax return, the amount you deposit in your DCRA will offset dollar-for-dollar the amount of expenses you are eligible to claim as a tax credit on your federal income tax return. You should carefully review the benefits of the federal income tax credit with the benefits of the UT FLEX DCRA. If you are not sure how this may impact you, consult your personal tax advisor before making your elections.