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

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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.

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Their mother claims them on her taxes.

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Tax Professional: Lev, Tax Advisor replied 4 months ago
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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

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Tax Professional: Lev, Tax Advisor replied 4 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.

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