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Most Popular Questions

If I didn't use all the money allotted to my FSA during the benefit period, can I get the money refunded to me?

No, the IRS specifically prohibits this.

Participants enrolled in a Dependent Care FSA (DCFSA) have until March 15 of the following year to incur eligible dependent care expenses. You then have until April 30 to submit claims for eligible expenses incurred during the benefit period. You will forfeit any money not claimed from your DCFSA by midnight Eastern Time on April 30 following the end of the benefit period (plan year).

However, participants enrolled in a Health Care FSA (HCFSA) or Limited Expense Health Care FSA (LEX HCFSA) may carry over up to $500 of unspent funds if they are:

  • Actively employed by a FSAFEDS-participating agency and contributed to their FSA account through December 31, and
  • Reenrolled in an HCFSA or LEX HCFSA for the following year.

If both do not apply, you will forfeit any money not claimed from your HCFSA or LEX HCFSA by midnight Eastern Time on April 30 following the end of the benefit period.