Dependent Care FSA

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Tips for Managing Your Dependent Care FSA

While your Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA) is designed to be simple, all Dependent Care FSAs are governed by pretty strict rules set by the IRS.

Here are easy ways to comply with the rules and get the most out of your Dependent Care FSA.

1. Know Who’s Eligible

Your Dependent Care FSA can be used to pay for eligible dependent care expenses for:

  • A dependent child(ren) under the age of 13 who resides with you and for whom you are entitled to a personal tax exemption as a dependent
  • A spouse or other tax-dependent who resides with you and is physically or mentally incapable of self-care

Read more about eligible dependents.

2. Know What’s Eligible

Your Dependent Care FSA can be used to pay for dependent care services, such as preschool, summer day camp, before or after school programs, and child or elder daycare, so you, and your spouse if you are married, can work or look for work. It should be noted that fees and tuition associated with kindergarten and elementary school are not eligible for reimbursement. Look up a specific eligible expense, or log into your WageWorks account for a complete list.

3. Keep Your Receipts

The IRS has specific rules for Dependent Care FSAs. Save receipts for each eligible expense you submit for reimbursement under your Dependent Care FSA. Make sure receipts include the following five pieces of information:

  1. Patient's Name. The name of the person who received the service.
  2. Provider's Name. The provider that delivered the service.
  3. Date of Service. The date when services were provided.
  4. Type of Service. A detailed description of the service provided.
  5. Cost. The amount paid for the service.

WageWorks makes it easy to manage your receipts. Take a photo of each receipt and store them in the WageWorks EZ Receipts® mobile app.

4. Monitor Your Account

WageWorks makes it easy to manage your Dependent Care FSA. Log into your WageWorks account via a secure web portal or the WageWorks mobile app regularly to check balances, view claims, verify expenses, upload copies of receipts, and more! Sign up to receive text and email alerts so you won’t miss important notices and always know what’s going on with your account.

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