2023 FSA and commuter contribution limits rise; $200 more for health expenses

2023 FSA and commuter contribution limits rise; $200 more for health expenses

Some employees may be able to eliminate more taxes next year because the IRS has announced new increased contribution limits to Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) and commuter benefits for 2023. This is in addition to the Health Savings Account (HAS) limit changes announced in April 2022.

FSA Healthcare Contribution limits

With a nod to increasing inflation, the IRS increased by $200 the amounts employees can contribute to their health FSA in 2023, bringing the total to $3,050.

Plans that allow a carryover of unspent FSA funds can now permit up to $610 to rollover in 2023 versus the current maximum of $570.

FSA Limited Purpose Contribution limits

The IRS also increased limits for other plans as well. The Limited Purpose FSA (vision and dental expenses only) maximum was indexed to $3,050 with a similar carryover provision maximum rising to $610.

Commuter Contribution limits

Also indexing upward is the maximum commuter contribution. The monthly limitation for the qualified transportation fringe benefit and the monthly limitation for qualified parking increases to $300 each, up $20 from the limit for 2022.

Adoption Contribution limits

The maximum amount of an employer subsidy for qualified child adoption expenses for tax year 2023 increased to $15,950, up from $14,890 for 2022.

HSA Contribution limits

Increases in allowed contributions for HSA were announced earlier this year. The individual HSA contribution limit will be $3,850 (up from $3,650) and the family contribution limit will be $7,750 (up from $7,300). Workers can contribute to tax-favored HSAs if they are covered by a High Deductible Health Plan.

FSA Day Care Contribution limits

Limits for Day Care Flexible Spending Accounts are unchanged and remain at $5,000 maximum per calendar year ($2,500 if married and filing taxes separately).

The popular FSA (sponsored by employers) allows employees to redirect their salary and eliminate federal income tax, Social Security and Medicare taxes. A Healthcare FSA lets the employee spend their pre-tax money on medical, dental and vision expenses for themselves, their spouse and tax dependents regardless of insurance coverage. If an employee contributes to an HSA, they cannot contribute to the Healthcare FSA during that time, but can put money into a Limited Healthcare FSA for vision or dental expenses only. However, an employee is allowed to spend HSA funds while participating in a Healthcare FSA.