Dependent Care Spending Account
Eligible Dependent Care Expenses
A dependent care spending account can be used to pay eligible expenses incurred for a qualifying dependent that enable you and your spouse to work.
A "qualifying dependent" includes:
- A child under age 13 whom you claim as a dependent for federal income tax purposes,
- A spouse who is mentally or physically incapable of caring for himself/herself,
- Any other adult family member who resides with you, who is mentally or physically incapable of caring for himself/herself and whom you claims as a dependent for federal tax purposes.
The following expenses generally are eligible for reimbursement:
- Services provided outside your home by a babysitter or a licensed day care center or nursery school.
- Services provided in your home by a babysitter, nanny, childcare provider, etc whose services include providing care for your qualifying dependent. Eligible expenses include wages paid to the service provider, but not household expenses such as the cost of food.
Claims and Balance Information
With the Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account, you can only be reimbursed for funds that have been deducted from your paycheck. To view claims and balance information, you access your online account at www.wageworks.com. On your online account, you have the following options to submit claims:
- Pay Me Back. With this option, you pay for the expense with your own funds and then request reimbursement from your FSA Account. Claims can be submitted at www.wageworks.com.
- Pay My Provider. Payment is sent directly to your provider from your online WageWorks account. Pay My Provider claims can only be submitted online at www.wageworks.com.
Dependent care flexible spending claims can be sent directly to WageWorks using the WageWorks Pay Me Back Form - Dependent Care.
Eligible expenses are the same as those that qualify for the federal child and dependent care tax credit. However, you cannot claim the tax credit and use the spending account for the same dependent care expenses.
Last updated Mar 20, 2016