Tax

Have a tax question? Ask a tax Expert

Ask an Expert,
Get an Answer ASAP!

Can I use my FSA money for one of our children that we do…

Customer Question
Can I use my...

Can I use my FSA money for one of our children that we do not claim on our taxes?

Accountant's Assistant: The Accountant will know how to help. Please tell me more, so we can help you best.

We have children who are in college. We claim them on our medical insurance but not on our taxes. Can we use the money in our FSA account to help pay for their medical expenses not covered by insurance.

Accountant's Assistant: Is there anything else the Accountant should be aware of?

Their mother claims them on her taxes.

Submitted: 7 months ago.Category: Tax
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Tax Question
Answered in 6 minutes by:
12/4/2017
Tax Professional: Lev, Tax Advisor replied 7 months ago
Lev
Lev, Tax Advisor
Category: Tax
Satisfied Customers: 33,111
Experience: Taxes, Immigration, Labor Relations
Verified

Can you verify - if that is Medical FSA or child care FSA?
If that a medical FSA - please be aware that claiming a dependent on your tax return is NOT required.

In additional the definition of the dependent for medical expenses purposes is slightly different...

See here - page 4

https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p502.pdf

Ask Your Own Tax Question
Tax Professional: Lev, Tax Advisor replied 7 months ago

You can include medical expenses you paid for an individual that would have been your dependent except that:
1. He or she received gross income of $4,050 or more in 2016,
2. He or she filed a joint return for 2016, or
3. You, or your spouse if filing jointly, could be claimed as a dependent on someone else's 2016 return.

So far - as long as the child IS your dependent for Medical purposes - you may deduct medical expenses paid for that child and may use Medical FSA funds to cover that child medical expenses;

and claiming that child as a dependent is NOT required.

Let me know if that answered your question.

Ask Your Own Tax Question
Was this answer helpful?

How JustAnswer works

step-image
Describe your issueThe assistant will guide you
step-image
Chat 1:1 with a tax professionalLicensed Experts are available 24/7
step-image
100% satisfaction guaranteeGet all the answers you need
Ask Lev Your Own Question
Lev
Lev
Lev, Tax Advisor
Category: Tax
Satisfied Customers: 33,111
33,111 Satisfied Customers
Experience: Taxes, Immigration, Labor Relations

Lev is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

I really was impressed with the prompt response. Your expert was not only a tax expert, but a people expert!!! Her genuine and caring attitude came across in her response...

T.G.WMatteson, IL

I WON!!! I just wanted you to know that your original answer gave me the courage and confidence to go into yesterday's audit ready to fight.

BonnieChesnee, SC

Great service. Answered my complex tax question in detail and provided a lot of additional useful information for my specific situation.

JohnMinneapolis, MN

Excellent information, very quick reply. The experts really take the time to address your questions, it is well worth the fee, for the peace of mind they can provide you with.

OrvilleHesperia, California

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!!

AlexLos Angeles, CA

Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult.

GPHesperia, CA

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Wallstreet Esq.

Wallstreet Esq.

Tax Attorney

586 satisfied customers

10 years experience

Mark D

Mark D

Enrolled Agent

1,338 satisfied customers

MBA, EA, Specializing in Business and Individual Tax Returns and Issues

Richard

Richard

Tax Attorney

4,512 satisfied customers

29 years of experience as a tax, real estate, and business attorney.

PhillipsEsq.

PhillipsEsq.

Attorney-at-Law

59 satisfied customers

B.A., M.B.A, J.D.

Robin D.

Robin D.

Senior Tax Advisor 4

15,569 satisfied customers

15years with H & R Block. Divisional leader, Instructor

Megan C

Megan C

Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

8,655 satisfied customers

Licensed CPA, CFE, CMA, CGMA who teaches accounting courses at Master's Level

jgordosea

jgordosea

Enrolled Agent

2,885 satisfied customers

I've prepared all types of taxes since 1987.

< Previous | Next >

Related Tax Questions
My employer reimburses me my wife's health insurance
My employer reimburses me my wife's health insurance premiums and pays for our deductible and out of pocket. Is this considered income to me? … read more
Lev
Lev
Tax Advisor
33,111 satisfied customers
For 2017, my wife has health coverage through her employer
For 2017, my wife has health coverage through her employer and has an FSA. The health coverage is for her only. I have my own health insurance through my employer which is HDHP plan and has an HSA acc… read more
Barbara
Barbara
Enrolled Agent, Paralegal
5,416 satisfied customers
I have a 21 year old daughter who is a college student she
I have a 21 year old daughter who is a college student she lives independently and files taxes independently. I do pay for her out of pocket medical expenses i.e. co-payments and portion not covered u… read more
Mark Taylor
Mark Taylor
Certified Public Accountant
Masters
2,325 satisfied customers
I am trying to file a claim with FSA account year's medical
I am trying to file a claim with FSA account for last year's medical expenses. However, my employer only allows for Dental and Vision expenses. I used my HSA account to pay for those expenses last yea… read more
Dr Arthur Rubin
Dr Arthur Rubin
Doctoral Degree
24 satisfied customers
QUESTION FOR CPA /ACCOUNTANT - NOT R. KLEIN PLEASE ... I
QUESTION FOR CPA /ACCOUNTANT - NOT R. KLEIN PLEASE ... I AM THE SPOUSE OF THE OWNER OF A SOLE PROP LLC. , AND AN EMPLOYEE OF THE COMPANY. I AM CURRENTLY ON DISABILITY. I CARRY HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAG… read more
Lev
Lev
Tax Advisor
33,111 satisfied customers
My question is in regard to a tax-free savings account for
My question is in regard to a tax-free savings account for childcare. Is there a way as an employer, that I can create a tax-free savings account for my employees childcare? If so, how much could they… read more
Lev
Lev
Tax Advisor
33,111 satisfied customers
you would need to find a local professional who is well versed
you would need to find a local professional who is well versed in how to set up plans --> does a local professional mean insurance company or not ? Actually our company will focus on only employee'… read more
Lev
Lev
Tax Advisor
33,111 satisfied customers
We have an FSA Dependent Care account with a balance of $2,000
We have an FSA Dependent Care account with a balance of $2,000 left. We used my mother in law for child care in our house. We did pay her for the services for about1,400. If we have her be an "Employe… read more
Lev
Lev
Tax Advisor
33,111 satisfied customers
Do you know how much tax we would pay on $1,800.00 imputed
Do you know how much tax we would pay on $1,800.00 imputed income per month? This is the amount my wife's employer has advised it will cost to cover my 19 year old twin sons if we cover them on my wif… read more
Charles Greiner
Charles Greiner
Owner
Bachelor's Degree
2,436 satisfied customers
My mom cashed in $75,000 from an IRA and she is 80+ years old.
My mom cashed in $75,000 from an IRA and she is 80+ years old. She wanted to give the money to her children and grandchildren, in part for college tuition. Does any of this either come off her gross i… read more
Lev
Lev
Tax Advisor
33,111 satisfied customers
Question about healthcare flexible spending accounts (FSAs) If
Question about healthcare flexible spending accounts (FSAs): If my employer establishes a FSA for me, can I make tax-deductible contributions to that account and use it to pay for cosmetic surgery, wh… read more
MequonCPA
MequonCPA
CPA Firm Owner
Master's Degree
2,165 satisfied customers
Is a dependents college health services fee an allowable Flexible
Is a dependent's college health services fee an allowable Flexible Spending Account expense?… read more
Merlo
Merlo
Tax Consultant
558 satisfied customers
Using IRA money before 59 years in a time of financial hardship,
Using IRA money before 59 years in a time of financial hardship, do you still have to pay the 10% penaty?… read more
Merlo
Merlo
Tax Consultant
558 satisfied customers
The new federal tax deduction for college tuition applies only
The new federal tax deduction for college tuition applies only for tuition. Unfortunately, not knowing the new law and because of convenience, during the past year we paid my son's tuition directly fr… read more
Robin D.
Robin D.
Senior Tax Advisor 4
Vocational, Technical or Trade School
15,569 satisfied customers
I live in Texas and am American citizen. My mother moved to
I live in Texas and am American citizen. My mother moved to Texas from UK in February and received her resident alien card and social security number in October. Her UK pension goes towards her electr… read more
Merlo
Merlo
Tax Consultant
558 satisfied customers
My wife owns an LLC - Sole member/Owner - I am the ONLY employee.
My wife owns an LLC - Sole member/Owner - I am the ONLY employee. She is also employed full-time with insurance benefits provided for both herself and me but with relatively high co-pay and deductable… read more
Ed Johnson
Ed Johnson
Senior HR Consultant and Business Devlpm
Bachelor's Degree
6,994 satisfied customers
I hope this is a simple question. I have a flexible ...
I hope this is a simple question. I have a flexible spending account at work for healthcare expenses. I know my medical expenses can be reimbursed, but can medical expenses be reimbursed for spouse (w… read more
Cassandra
Cassandra
Accountant and Tax Preparer
Bachelor's Degree
170 satisfied customers
I was told by my employer that our new cafeteria plan for ...
I was told by my employer that our new cafeteria plan for health costs would run from August 1, 2006 to August 1, 2007 but I was under the understanding that they were held to an IRS rule that it went… read more
Ed Johnson
Ed Johnson
Senior HR Consultant and Business Devlpm
Bachelor's Degree
6,994 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x