Faculty & Staff Flexible Spending Accounts


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Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs)Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Summary
Detailed summary of the two types of flexible spending accounts (FSA)--dependent cay care spending account (DCSA) and health care spending account (HCSA). Includes how to enroll, contribute, make claims, and deadlines to use contributions.
help you plan for certain expenses while reducing your taxes by allowing you to set aside before-tax money to pay for certain health care and dependent day care expenses. Your FSA contributions are taken out of each paycheck before taxes are calculated.

Learn more about flexible spending accounts

Questions about 2013 submitted claims or reimbursement call Stanford Benefits 650-736-2985 or log into MyBenefits in the upper right corner of this page.

If you have a flexible spending account for 2014, please call Benesyst (a TASC company) 855-842-4913 Monday-Friday 8AM-5PM and speak with a member services representative or go to the Benesyst website.

FSA Rollover Provision

Stanford is aware of the IRS ruling that allows employers to offer a roll-over of unspent funds (up to $500) under the Health Care Flexible Spending Account.

Because of the timing of the ruling we cannot accommodate any changes to the Health Care FSA plan for 2013-2014 plan year. Stanford will take a look at this ruling for consideration for the 2014-2015 plan year. Should Stanford decide to add this rollover provision to our FSA plan, we will communicate this information to you.

Health Care FSA

This account allows you to set aside a portion of your before-tax pay to reimburse yourself for eligible health care expenses. Some examples of expenses covered by your health care FSA include medical and dental copays, deductibles, prescription eyeglass or contact lens expenses, orthodontia, certain over-the-counter medications and certain elective procedures not covered by your medical plans.

Dependent Day Care FSA

This account allows you to set aside a portion of your before-tax pay to reimburse eligible dependent day care expenses. Eligible expenses include childcare up to age 13 (the date the child turns age 13). Expenses occurring after a child's 13th birthday are not eligible. You can also use this account to care for a disabled dependent adult.

Child Care Subsidy Grant

To help Stanford faculty and staff meet child care expenses, the Child Care Subsidy Grant (CCSG) program, administered by Stanford's WorkLife Office, provides up to $5,000 a year in tax-free grants for eligible child care expenses. Grant amounts are based on the information in your application. For more information, go to the WorkLife home page.