Employee Benefits


The Treasury Department and IRS issued Notice 2005-42, which allows employers to modify flexible spending arrangements (FSAs) to extend the deadline for reimbursement of health and dependent care expenses up to 2.5 months after the end of the plan year ( www.treas.gov/press/releases/reports/n0542.pdf ). Previously, employees forfeited any FSA funds they did not use by the end of the year.

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