Most Popular Questions
What expenses are eligible for reimbursement under a DCFSA?
You can use DCFSA funds to pay eligible dependent care expenses for care of your dependent children under age 13, or for a person of any age whom you claim as a dependent on your federal income tax return and who is mentally or physically incapable of self-care.
Examples of eligible services include:
- Placement or program fees for a dependent care provider, such as an au pair (see the FAQ in this section about au pairs for more information)
- Before and after-school care (other than tuition expenses)
- Care of an incapacitated adult who lives with you at least eight hours a day
- Childcare at a day camp, nursery school, or by a private sitter
- Late pick-up fees
- Expenses for a housekeeper whose duties include caring for an eligible dependent
- Summer or holiday day camps, including registration fees
- Activities in lieu of daycare when the fees associated with the activity are incidental to, or cannot be separated from, the cost of care (swimming lessons, arts and crafts, music lessons, etc.)
Statements from the au pair agency or participant, such as a W-2 or outlined payment statements, without itemization are not sufficient documentation.