IRS Announces 2019 FSA Contribution Limit Increase

2019 FSA Contribution Limits

For individuals and businesses who are in the midst of enrollment season, the IRS has just announced an increase for 2019 FSA contribution limits. The announcement (Revenue Procedure 2018-57), released November 15, 2018, also includes increases for transportation and parking benefits. Generally the IRS announces Flexible Spending Account (FSA) annual limits in October.

2019 FSA Contribution Limits

2019 FSA contribution limits will increase by $50.00, going from $2,650 to $2,700. The increased contribution limit affects health FSAs and limited purpose FSAs.

Health FSAs may be used for a wide range of out-of-pocket healthcare expenses, including co-pays, deductibles, most dental and vision services, prescriptions, and more. Learn more about eligible FSA expenses.

Limited Purpose FSAs are coupled with a Health Savings Account and may be used for vision and dental expenses only.

Dependent Care FSA, or Dependent Care Assistance Plans, will stay at the $5,000 annual limit.

2019 Annual Limit2018 Annual Limit
Health FSA$2,700$2,650
Limited Purpose FSA$2,700$2,650
Dependent Care FSA$5,000 (no change)$5,000

2019 Transit and Parking Contribution Limits

In addition to the FSA limit increase, the IRS announced an increase of $5.00 per month for qualified transportation fringe benefits and parking, raising the monthly limit from $260.00 to $265.00.

Bicycle commuter benefit limits remain the same at $20.00 per month.

2019 Monthly Limits2018 Monthly Limits
Mass Transit$265.00$260.00
Commuter Highway$265.00$260.00
Bicycle$20.00 (no change)$20.00

2019 HSA Contribution Limits

Health Savings Account (HSA) contribution limits were announced in May 2018. HSA contribution limits for both single and family coverage increased, as did the out-of-pocket maximums. Annual deductibles for qualified high deductible health plans remained the same.

Self-only coverageHSA contribution limit$3,500$3,450
Out-of-pocket expense limits (maximium)$6,750$6,650
Annual deductible(minimum) $1,350 (no change)$1,350
Family coverageHSA contribution limit $7,000$6,900
Out-of-pocket expense limits (maximium) $13,500$13,300
Annual deductible(minimum) $2,700 (no change)$2,700

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