The benefits offered by the University of California include flexible spending accounts (FSAs) that allow you to increase your take-home pay by using pre-tax dollars to pay for eligible FSA expenses for you, your spouse, and qualifying children or relatives.
You set aside money for your FSA from your paycheck before taxes are taken out*. Then you use your pre-tax FSA funds throughout the plan year to pay for eligible health care or dependent care expenses. You save money on expenses you're already paying for.
See more examples on our Health FSA Expenses page.
Learn more about health FSAs by visiting our Health FSA page.
See more examples on our Dependent Care FSA Expenses page.
Learn more about Dependent Care FSAs by visiting our Dependent Care FSA page.
Your increased annual take-home pay and FSA savings depend on your income tax bracket. If you are in a 30 percent tax bracket, you can save $30 for every $100 that you put into your FSA. Put $1,000 in your FSA, and you can increase your annual take-home pay by as much as $300*.
FSAs benefit everyone - single individuals, families, and soon-to-be retirees. Check out how other people save money on our FSA Savings Examples page.
FSAs are regulated by IRS rules. The rules state that you can only use your FSA funds for IRS-approved expenses during the FSA plan year. You must keep all receipts and other supporting documentation that verify your FSA eligible expenses.
Be sure to review the rest of this site to ensure you are familiar with the rules before enrolling in the plan.
* FSA contributions are deducted before federal and most state taxes. Savings vary depending on your tax bracket. Check with your tax advisor for details regarding your state taxes and your tax savings.