IRS Notice 2012-40 Guidance Related to 2500 FSA Salary Reduction Cap and Use It or Lose It


The IRS issued guidance in the form of IRS Notice 2012-40 regarding the $2,500 limit for health FSA salary reductions.

More specifically, the guidance indicates that “taxable year” refers to the plan’s “plan year;” therefore, the rule will not affect any plans beginning prior to January 1, 2013, and fiscal plan years will not be impacted until the first plan year beginning on or after January 1, 2013. This is great news for non-calendar year plans and resolves many issues for plan sponsors, especially governmental and school groups that operate on a non-calendar year basis. Also, plans will have until the end of the calendar year 2014 to amend their plans.

Other items of interest from the guidance include:

  • The $2,500 limit only applies to salary reductions (including cashable credits); it does NOT apply to non-elective contributions that cannot be cashed out or received in the form of taxable benefits
  • Unused amounts carried over during a grace period are not counted toward the $ 2,500 limit.

In another very favorable development, the IRS has solicited comments on modifying (and perhaps eliminating) the use-or-lose-it requirement.

Comments are required by August 17, 2012.  ECFC will be working through its Legislative Committee on preparing comments that can be adapted by members and employers, so be sure to participate in our ongoing 2nd and 4th Tuesday Legislative Update calls to keep up-to-date. Please send any suggested comments/edits in advance (using blackline function) to

The following documents will be discussed during the July 24 ECFC Legislative Workgroup call (1:30-2:00 pm): i) a near final draft of a comment letter and template related to the SBC requirement and how it applies to HRA plans; and ii) an initial comment letter related to IRS Notice 2012-40 and the potential elimination of use it or lose it.  Work group committee input and comment is encouraged.  Please send any suggested comments/edits in advance (using blackline function) to

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