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Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs)

The City of Fort Worth offers three types of Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) to help you save for out-of-pocket expenses. This money is deducted pre-tax, so it will lower your taxible income.

These accounts are “use or lose”, meaning that you must use most of your funds by the end of the plan year or you lose the money. You will be able to carry over up to $500 of your FSA Health Account at the end of the plan year to use in the next year.

Types of Flexible Spending Accounts

  • You can set up a FSA Health Account for eligible health care expenses such as deductibles, copays, co-insurance, prescription drugs and dental expenses. The maximum you can contribute is $2,550.
  • You can set up a FSA Dependent Care Account to help pay for eligible child and elder care expenses so you (and your spouse, if married) can continue work or attend school. The maximum contribution is $5,000 per family.
  • You can also set up a FSA Adoption Account to cover adoption-related expenses such as legal fees, home-study costs and travel expenses.

Participants in the Consumer Choice Plan cannot contribute to the Flexible Spending Health Account.

Health Care Savings Account

Qualified expenses include medical, dental, vision, and hearing expenses or you and your dependents. Include only your expenses after reimbursement from insurance plans in this election. You do not have to cover a dependent on the medical or dental plans in order to use the money on their expenses.

You will be provided a debit card to pay your expenses directly from the account. You must retain receipts in the event the FSA Company or IRS requires copies of receipts to verify the claims were for qualified medical expenses.

If you are participating in the Consumer Choice health plan, you will have a Health Savings Account and cannot enroll in the FSA Health Care Spending Account.

Examples of qualified medical expenses:

  • Deductibles
  • Copays
  • Coinsurance
  • Eye exams, glasses, contact lenses
  • Lasik eye surgery
  • Dental Care, including orthodontia
  • Durable medical equipment prescribed by a physician

Salary Reduction Amount: Minimum of $260, maximum of $2,550 per year

Dependent Care Spending Account

If you have children under the age of 13 or a disabled spouse or tax dependent disabled parent/child, you may set aside funds on a pre-tax basis to help pay for their care. Both you, and your spouse, if married, must work outside the home or in school full time. You may participate in the Dependent Care Spending Account if you are enrolled in the Consumer Choice plan.

Examples of eligible expenses:

  • Babysitting, inside or outside your home
  • Day care providers
  • Adult care inside or outside your home
  • Private school tuition is NOT reimbursable under the dependent account.
  • When claiming dependent care expenses, you must provide the SSN or Tax ID of the provider.
  • Salary Reduction Amount: Minimum of $260, maximum of $5,000 PER family or $2,500 if married and filing separate tax returns

Adoption Assistance Spending Account

Qualified expenses include adoption fees, attorney fees, and court costs associated with adoption proceedings. Include only your expenses after reimbursement from insurance plans in this election.

Salary Reduction Amount: Minimum of $260, maximum of $12,650 per year.