Your FSAFEDS election is effective only for one benefit period (January 1 through March 15 of the following year). You must reenroll in FSAFEDS for each year that you choose to participate. Under Internal Revenue Service tax rules, you forfeit any money for which you did not incur an eligible expense under your FSA accounts during the benefit period. This is known as the “use or lose” rule. Be sure to carefully plan how much money to contribute to your accounts. The FSAFEDS Calculator can help you calculate allotments based on your individual situation and can indicate your potential tax savings.
If you experience a qualifying life event such as marriage, divorce, or birth of a child, you may enroll or change your current election in the FSAFEDS program, depending on the qualifying life event. The Federal FSA Program Quick Reference Guide for Qualifying Life Events provides additional information and outlines the changes that you can make to your FSAFEDS enrollment.