On October 27, 2020, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Revenue Procedure 2020-45, which contains the 2021 limits for health flexible spending accounts (FSAs) and commuter and parking benefits, among other limits. The health FSA and commuter and parking benefit limits have not increased for 2021. On March 11, 2021, the American Rescue Plan increased the dependent care FSA limits have increased to $10,500.
Under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (CAA), employers are allowed to temporarily adopt a higher carryover provision or an extended grace period for health FSAs and DC FSAs. For health FSAs and DC FSAs with plan years ending in 2020 and 2021, the CAA allows employers to implement a carryover of all or part of any unused amount remaining at the end of the plan year or they may allow a grace period of up to 12 months, but not both. For more on this temporary relief, see our blog article.
The 2021 limits, as compared to the 2020 limits, are listed below:
|BENEFITS||2021 LIMIT||2020 LIMIT|
|Dependent Care FSA||$10,500*||$5,000*|
|Qualified Commuter/Parking Benefits||$270/month||$270/month|
As a reminder, the 2021 limits for health saving account (HSA) and high deductible health plans (HDHP) were previously released in IRS Revenue Procedure 2020-32 in May of this year, which we discussed in this prior blog. The 2021 HSA and HDHP limits, as compared to the 2020 limits, are outlined below:
|BENEFITS||2021 LIMIT |
|2020 LIMIT |
|HSA||$3,600/ $7,200||$3,550/ $7,100|
|Minimum Annual HDHP Deductible||$1,400/ $2,800||$1,400/ $2,800|
|Maximum Annual HDHP Deductible||$7,000/ $14,000||$6,900/ $13,800|
Employer Action Items
- Employers should be aware the 2021 limits for health FSAs and commuter benefits have not increased from 2020.
- Employers who want to adopt the higher DC FSA limit for 2021 and/or adopt a higher carryover/extended grace period for their health FSA and/or DC FSA plans must amend their plan documents and notify their employees accordingly.
- Sequoia Foreward:
- IRS Revenue Procedure 2020-32
- IRS Revenue Procedure 2020-45
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