Understanding Your Flexible Spending Plans

Flexible spending plans are an employee benefit offered by many US corporations and organizations. Employees can choose to put aside money, which is pre-taxed, for several purposes, including medical expenses and dependent care. There are three great advantages to this system: 1) Your money is put into an account before it is subject to taxes, 2) You are actually saving money before you see it, and 3) You are saving up for a rainy day. Let's look at these advantages in greater detail, in order for you to benefit most.

First, consider how much money you are able to contribute to the Flexible Spending Account (FSA), while maintaining your budget. Since the money is pretaxed, you might be able to set aside more than you first thought about. If you have been saving $100 per month in a savings account (where interest rates are volatile at best), you might do better at setting aside the same amount in an FSA (where your pretax is fixed). This is especially helpful if you were saving money for possible medical expenses.

Second, a great psychological benefit of an FSA is that you do not actually see the money before it is invested. The term "Out of Sight, Out Of Mind" applies here. Your money is being invested and is not part of your net income. People are able to adjust to these paycheck differences quite easily. This is another reason to consider a higher contribution.

Finally, the best advantage to this type of account is that you are in fact saving for a rainy day. Health care and dependent care costs continue to rise. It is a savvy choice for individuals and families to put aside some money in case the unexpected happens. Hopefully nothing occurs in your near future. In any case, whatever you do put aside will still be available to you in the future if and when you need it.

FSA accounts help the American employee, regardless of income. In an age where medical costs are on the rise, health insurance premiums are higher and coverage is declining, it is vital that all Americans look to options that will benefit them. An FSA account offers real protection and another source to invest your hard-earned dollars. There are several FSA companies that offer competitive plans, and it is your choice in how much you decide to save. Ask your employer if the company has a Flexible Spending Plan or FSA benefit option.

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