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Changes to ‘Use-or-Lose’ Rule for Health Flexible Spending Accounts

Provided by GCG Financial Inc.

Under the relaxed rule, an employer will now, at its option, be able to allow participants to carry over up to $500 in unused health FSA funds into the next year. Under Internal Code (Code) section 125, a health flexible spending account (FSA) is an employer-sponsored account that employees can use to pay for or reimburse their qualifying medical expenses on a tax-free basis, up to the amount contributed for the plan year. Health FSAs are subject to a“use-or-lose” rule, stating that any unused funds at the end of the plan year (plus any applicable grace period) will be forfeited. On Oct. 31, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Notice 2013-71 (Notice), which relaxes the “use-or-lose”rule for health FSAs.

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