Annually, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Social Security Administration release cost-of-living adjustments that apply to dollar limitations set forth in certain IRS Code Sections. The Consumer Price Index warranted increases in some benefits figures for 2019, including annual Health FSAs and Commuter Benefit contribution limits, which the IRS has just announced.
A brief overview on the recently announced changes for Health FSAs and Commuter Benefits is included below. For a summary and charts of all key 2019 figures that are of interest to employers and sponsors of benefit plans, please click here.
The IRS has allowed an increase of $50 for plan years beginning on or after January 1, 2019. The new annual dollar limit for Health FSAs will increase to $2,700. Dependent Care FSA remains at $5,000.
Commuter (Parking and Transit)
Beginning January 1, 2019 the monthly limit for qualified transportation and parking benefits will increase to $265 per month. It was previously $260 for both transit and parking.
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Disclaimer: The information contained in this message is for general informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice.