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Most Popular Questions

Can I have a DCFSA if I receive a child care subsidy from my agency?

Yes, but any combination of DCFSA contributions and child care subsidies cannot exceed $5,000 for the year.

Example 1: A federal employee has one child, age 3. The employee receives a $3,000 child care subsidy from their agency. The employee also elects a $2,000 DCFSA through their agency.

$3,000 + $2,000 = $5,000

The employee is OK. They did not exceed the $5,000 limit.

Example 2: A federal employee has a spouse who works for ABC Company. They have two children, ages 4 and 8. The federal employee receives an annual subsidy of $1,500 and has a $3,000 DCFSA through their agency. The spouse receives an annual subsidy of $1,000 from ABC Company.

$1,500 + $3,000 + $1,000 = $5,500 - exceeding the $5,000 limit by $500

The couple must reconcile any additional taxes owed on the $500 that exceeded the limit, when they file their annual tax return.

Note: DoD fee assistance for Service members is not subject to this guidance that the combination of contributions cannot exceed $5,000 for the year. If you are a Service member receiving DoD childcare fee assistance, please see the Uniformed Services FAQ on this topic.