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Eligible Dependent Care FSA (DCFSA) Expenses

Your Dependent Care FSA pays for various child and adult care services so you can go to work.

Various Eligible Expenses

You can use your Dependent Care FSA (DCFSA) to pay for a wide variety of child and adult care services. The IRS determines which expenses can be reimbursed by an FSA. While this list shows the eligibility of some of the most common dependent care expenses, it’s not meant to be comprehensive. Be sure to check with your tax advisor if you have questions about whether a certain expense is eligible for reimbursement under this program.

Keep Your Receipts

Please save your receipts and other supporting documentation related to your DCFSA expenses and claims. The IRS may request itemized receipts to verify the eligibility of your expenses.

When submitting a DCFSA claim, either have your dependent care provider certify the service by signing the claim form or provide an itemized statement from the dependent care provider that includes service dates, dependent’s name, type of service, amount billed, and the provider’s name and address along with a completed claim form. Credit card receipts, canceled checks, and balance forward statements do not meet the requirements for acceptable documentation.

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Eligibility Legend
Symbol Description
Eligible with a detailed receipt = Eligible with a detailed receipt
Not eligible = Not eligible
Eligible with appropriate documentation = Eligible with appropriate documentation:
Conditional Requirements Legend
Symbol Description
Requires Prescription from your doctor, plus detailed receipt = Requires Prescription from your doctor, plus detailed receipt
Requires letter of Medical Necessity signed by your doctor, plus detailed receipt = Requires letter of Medical Necessity signed by your doctor, plus detailed receipt