Flexible Spending Accounts - Dependent Day Care

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Flexible Spending Accounts 

Cook County offers easy to use flexible spending accounts that allow employees to pay for healthcare, childcare, elder care and commuter benefits using pre tax money deducted from your paycheck.   

When you are estimating your dependent day care expenses for the year, keep in mind you can set up a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) to pay for eligible expenses. When you enroll, you decide how much you will set aside from your pay before taxes.

Dependent Day Care FSA

If you pay to care for dependents while at work, use these funds to cover eligible expenses for day care, babysitting, nursery school and senior day care. You can set aside up to $5,000 to help with dependent day care costs that aren’t covered by insurance. You must submit claims forms for dependent day care FSA reimbursement. 

Employees have until March 15, 2023 to spend remaining funds in their dependent day care FSA for the 2022 plan year. March 31, 2023 is the deadline to submit paper claims and receipts to Optum Financial for covered expenses in the 2022 plan year.

By federal law, any funds remaining in these accounts at the end of the grace period cannot be rolled over or be refunded.


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