2021 health FSA, other health and fringe benefit limits now set

2021 health FSA, other health and fringe benefit limits now set

IRS Rev. Proc. 2020-45 gives the 2021 contribution and other limits for health flexible spending arrangements (FSAs); Archer medical savings accounts (MSAs); and qualified small-employer health reimbursement arrangements (QSEHRAs), long-term care (LTC) policies, transportation fringe benefits and adoption assistance programs. The 2021 adjusted figures reflect the increase in the average chained Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (C-CPI-U) for the 12 months ending Aug. 31, 2020, after applying statutory rounding rules. Rev. Proc. 2020-43 set the 2021 employer contribution limit for excepted-benefit HRAs, while Notice 2020-33 increased the health FSA limit on 2020 carryovers to the 2021 plan year, with future carryovers capped at 20% of the maximum employee pretax contribution to a health FSA for a plan year. Rev. Proc. 2020-45 keeps the limit at $550 for 2021 health FSA carryovers to the 2022 plan year. Mercer’s 2021 quick benefit facts sheet highlights other key health and retirement benefit amounts announced earlier this year. 

Health FSA, certain HRA, Archer MSA and LTC limits

The table below shows the 2021 adjusted amounts for health FSAs, QSEHRAs, Archer MSAs and qualified LTC policies, along with the limits for 2020 and 2019. Also shown is the 2021 maximum annual employer contribution for excepted-benefit HRAs set by Rev. Proc. 2020-43. The health FSA carryover limits shown reflect the maximum unused funds that can carry over to the next plan year.

The 2021 adjusted amounts for health savings accounts (HSAs), HSA-qualifying high-deductible health plans, out-of-pocket maximums in nongrandfathered group health plans and various indexed amounts for the ACA’s employer-shared responsibility provision were announced earlier this year.

Qualified transportation fringe benefits and adoption assistance programs

This table shows the 2021 adjusted figures for qualified transportation fringe and adoption assistance benefits set by Rev. Proc. 2020-45, along with amounts for 2020 and 2019.

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Dorian Z. Smith
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Partner, Mercer’s Law & Policy Group

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