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Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account

A dependent care flexible spending account (FSA), or dependent care assistance program, allows you to pay for certain expenses on a tax-free basis. If you care for a dependent, this may be for you!

Each pay period, money moves from your paycheck into your dependent care FSA. As long as you’re paying for an eligible expense, the money is tax-free.

How Much Can I Contribute?
You may contribute up to $5,000 per household or $2,500 if married, filing separately.

Kids in Preschool

Eligible Expenses

  • Expenses for a nursery school, preschool or similar program below the level of kindergarten

  • Expenses for before- or after-school care of a child in kindergarten or a higher grade

  • Day camp expenses, including specialty camps such as sports or computer

  • Expenses for transportation provided by the dependent care provider to or from the place of care

  • Employment taxes paid to a caregiver

  • Expenses related to providing room and board to a caregiver may be eligible

  • Indirect expenses such as application fees, agency fees or deposits paid to obtain dependent care services are eligible

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