Make the most of your flexible spending account before Congress limits the amount you can contribute to it. 7 Smart Uses For Your Flex-Account Money
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7 Smart Uses For Your Flex-Account Money


A flexible spending account offered through your employer is a great fringe benefit that lets you pay medical and child-care expenses with pre-tax dollars. Make sure you take full advantage of it when deciding how much to contribute -- because the amount you can set aside for health-care expenses is now limited to $2,500, a rule change from the health-care law that took effect in 2013. Another big change now permits some employers to allow employees to carry over $500 from one year to the next, although not all plans have made this change (see Big Changes to Flexible Spending Accounts).


We put together this slide show as a reminder of the kind of big-ticket expenses you can pay with medical flex-plan dollars and to encourage you to make the most of this benefit. If you’re unsure whether your employer’s plan covers a specific item, be sure to ask your plan administrator.

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